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Health Tip: Practice Rhythmic Breathing

(HealthDay News) -- Practicing rhythmic breathing can help you meet your exercise goals, especially if they involve running.

The American Lung Association recommends:

  • Using a five-step running pattern; inhale during three steps, exhale during two. For a faster pace, make it a three-step pattern, inhaling during two steps and exhaling during one.

  • Start out at a comfortable jogging pace, setting achievable goals.

  • Stay focused on your breathing and take breaks as necessary, before you begin running with more intensity

  • Always get your doctor's OK before starting any exercise program.

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