Rhythmic Breathing While Running


Many of us find running or walking very challenging because we get fatigued, feel out of wind or get bored. There may be various reasons for all these feelings. One important factor is rhythm. Rhythmic movement of the limbs and rhythmic breathing. 

Irregular movements of the limbs puts stress on the central nervous system (CNS). The brain constantly needs to keep track of where your limbs are moving. Irregular breathing puts a stress on both the CNS and the heart. There is direct correlation between the rhythm and the rate of your breathing with the rhythm and rate of your heart beat. If the heart beats rhythmically, the brain feels that it is safe and hence does not trigger fatigue signals so quickly. If you breath faster or slower, the heart will beat faster or slower. 

You can move your limbs in synch with your breathing for best results. The rhythm can be 4 inhalations in synch with 4 walk or run steps and 4 exhalations in sycn with 4 steps walk or run steps. Let’s call this rhythm 4:4. You can be in 4:4 or 3:3 or 2:2 or 4:3 or 3:2 rhythm. However, the lower the numbers, the faster your breaths and faster your heart rate. So work accordingly. The main point being find a rhythm that suits you and does not make you tired so easily. 

Talking while walking or running, may disrupt the rhythm. It mostly does. 

Once the limbs, breath and heart are in synch, slowly the brain also gets in synch. This may lead to a meditative state also called as runner’s high. Its similar to Sufi Dervish Swirling (Rhythmic movement of the limbs) + Yogic Pranayama (Rhythmic Breathing) leading to a blissful meditative state.


1. Run or walk with proper form
3. Rhythmically move your limbs with your breath while walking or running
3. Avoid talking while walking or running

Happy Running!

Pic Credit : runandbecome.com , runnersconnect.net

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