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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Getting short of breath when exercising

    Are there methods for increasing the efficancy of your breathing. I'm pretty sure I don't have asthma. I still get somewhat short of breath though while trying to keep a decent level of energy up. The rest of my body seems to have no problem keeping the pedals turning, just that my lungs fall behind very quickly.

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    Try to relax. I have the same problem, but once I calm myself down and relax my breathing becomes way more controlled.

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    focus on breathing deeper, not faster.

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    Idea! Try this......

    Quote Originally Posted by STrackMike
    Are there methods for increasing the efficancy of your breathing. I'm pretty sure I don't have asthma. I still get somewhat short of breath though while trying to keep a decent level of energy up. The rest of my body seems to have no problem keeping the pedals turning, just that my lungs fall behind very quickly.
    MBA mag once had an article from a lady who trained NORBA riders and recommended deep rapid inhaling thru the nose, and slow, "pursed lip" exhaling thru the mouth as you ride. Sometimes this seems to keep the heart rate down a little too. I have exercise-induced asthma and have been helped by pre-ride Claritin or Alavert antihistamines (you can get the 'Reditabs' that disolve quikly on the tongue). Sometimes its just C-V fitness and training levels. If you think it persists, see a doc (pulmonologist).

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    It could be bad air...

    bike.com had an article about that. If it was road riding, it could be a combination of pollutants and pollen, during the latter parts of my centuries i also seem to get this shortness of breath sometimes. i think it helps to take a decongestant.,

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    A buddy of mine who is a respiratory therapist says exhaling through pursed lips increases lung capacity, so I always do that. Also try passively inhaling and explosively exhaling. I can usually keep my speed up but reduce my heart rate that way.

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