John Harry

Best tips for holding your breath longer underwater

It is very important for the coach to be able to breathe underwater for a long time. To improve performance and reduce risk, it is important to know some breathing techniques, practices, and tricks.

How to keep your breath underwater longer? Using some of these tips can help you:

Do not stop exercising to improve your ability to hold your breath

* You need to be very careful before implementing the tips, tricks, and practices mentioned in the post. I am not a certified breathing teacher, doctor, or medical professional. Therefore, I am not responsible for what happens to you when you try these techniques.

Now that you are not traveling, here are my top tips for breathing more underwater ...

Stay relaxed and calm

This is definitely one of the most important pieces of advice that people seem to ignore when they get into a stressful situation. For example, it can be very scary to be taken underwater. A natural reaction when a person begins to panic when faced with this situation. Unfortunately, stress inhibits your ability to hold your breath.

When you are tense, your body breathes lightly and superficially. It provides insufficient oxygen to the lungs and attracts blood vessels.

If this happens, the brain and the rest of the body will not get the oxygen they need to function properly. This drains your energy very quickly and can be hyperventilated.

What you really should do is the opposite. Security will allow you to lower everything and save energy. Think of a happy place and smile. This will help hold your breath longer.

Prepare mentally

Many success stories in life begin with mental preparation. You must first imagine doing something to do this. Use this logic to hold your breath and last longer than ever.

Use this technique before breathing. Believing that holding your breath longer each day will affect your subconscious. This will increase travel time without air.

This is a good trick to let you keep breathing during a mental workout. Repeat the alphabet. Start with the letter A and think of an animal or friend whose name begins with the letter. This will distract you from holding your breath.

Keep your stomach empty

Do not do anything for 2 to 3 hours before exercise, as this may affect your ability to hold your breath longer. After a meal, your body needs to digest oxygen. Therefore, the process of breaking down food removes some of the oxygen you can use when swimming underwater.

Increase your diaphragm by breathing deeply

Practice deep breathing. Breathe deeply, slower and calmer. These are the basic principles that make breathing more frequent. Naturally, it will provide more oxygen to the blood and cells.

Deep breathing has many benefits:

This will reduce your heart rate

Improve blood circulation

This lowers blood pressure

Balance the pH level

Improve brain function

Increase energy.

Proper breathing in water is important for water sports, such as body surfing. You will notice an increase in energy throughout your body and you will experience less fatigue. That is why membrane exercises are so important.


Increase your breathing gradually with an O2 table

A good tip I use to increase lung capacity is to hold my breath a little more every day. The best way to do this is to take your time.

To make it easy to track your progress, set a starting point by breathing deeply and holding as much as possible while setting the time on your phone. Stop the timer when it expires. Repeat 2-3 more times and meditate to figure out where to start.

This type of exercise with static apnea will encourage your body to get more oxygen and work at a lower level. This method increases respiratory arrest by maintaining static electricity.

Use the O2 release chart below to learn how to hold your breath.

Hold your breath (seconds)                 Rest / recovery (seconds)

15                                                           60

20                                                           60

25                                                           60

30                                                           60

35                                                           60

40                                                           60

Remember that you should try to breathe normally and relax for the rest of the day. These workouts will be more difficult

The science behind holding your breath

To increase your ability to hold your breath, you will focus on improving your CO2 tolerance and hypoxia threshold. When they can expand, you will notice a significant difference in how long you can hold your breath.

In fact, carbon dioxide causes us to breathe. CO2 is not good for you, so our body naturally tries to get rid of it as soon as possible.

It is also necessary to be able to operate at low oxygen levels. Hypoxic exercises allow you to hold your breath longer during physical activity. Remember that the threshold for hypoxia will improve in the long run.


Although we described all the most important tips to stay longer underwater. If you will follow these tips and practice the same as I described above, then This will definitely make you enjoy when swimming.  On the other hand, if you want to enjoy these moments without taking any risk then I have a great tip to enjoy the swimming habit that you can use pool floats and loungers. This is another way to make you enjoy while swimming 

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