Suddenly, while surfing you are caught in a bigger wave than you had expected, you know you need to count on your breath-hold to carry you through. Learning to improve lung capacity is something that you can train yourself to do. Keeping muscles ultra-relaxed and quiet so that they don't waste oxygen is key. It is best to start working on breathing exercises on land before you test your abilities in the water. Surfer Today, shares a breath-hold exercise to work on:
- Start breathing slowly for 60 seconds
- Take a deep breath in, then exhale everything
- Take a really deep breath in, and hold your breath
- When you reach your limit, inhale deeply and recover
Practice regularly a few times daily, and as the weeks go by your breath-hold should improve. Keep these things in mind as you work on your breath-hold:
- relax the muscles
- relax the mind
- relax the breath
As you go through the training program, remember to keep pace with your personal comfort level.
For more information: How to improve your breath-hold for surfing
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