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Ask The Swag Gal – April 6, 2011

Posted by on Wed, April 6th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Today’s Ask The Swag Gal comes from a runner:

Hey Swag Gal,

I’m not sure if you are a runner but I have a question that I’m hoping you can help with, but first here is some back story. I was told that I had exercised induced asthma when I was in high school. It took them that long to figure out what it was. So I’ve always had a hard time running even though it was something I wanted to do. After I had my second daughter my friend introduced me to “Couch to 5k” and amazingly I could run without the serious breathing problems. I don’t know if it was that or having my second daughter c-section, but I’m happy to say I can run. Problem is I really would like to improve my breathing because it does bother me it just doesn’t stop me anymore. So my question is are there any exercises, tips, tricks, whatever to strengthing your lungs for running?


Well, to be honest, I am not personally much of a runner. I prefer to exercise using the elliptical and bicycle. However, I think you bring up a great question that I’m sure many other Swaggernauts are also wondering about. I have done some research for you and came up with a few exercises that can help with your breathing while running.

Deep Breath

-Taking a deep breath can help us relax, reduce stress, eliminate cramps, and increase our aerobic capacity.  While running, taking a deep breath will help you relax as well as give you a good shot of oxygen.

Breathing To Music

-Listening to one of your favorite songs – either with a good beat or motivating lyrics – can help keep your mind from wandering and it will regulate your breathing.  It also makes your run steady and productive, as you can stride to the beat.

Nose And Mouth Breathing

-According to, “the act of methodically breathing through both the nostrils and mouth can result in more oxygen through the airways.”  To make sure you’re using this technique correctly, check that your stomach is contracting in and out with each breath.

Breathing Ratio

-”A breathing ratio of 3:2 can help keep a healthy supply of oxygen circulating in the body. Keeping the 3:2 ratio means that for the first three steps you’re inhaling, meanwhile exhaling for the next two, alternating between steps” (  If you’re running very fast, your body may automatically switch to a 2:1 ratio.

Cleansing Breath

-The cleansing breath is great for opening up sinuses and clearing out congestion – making it easier to go for a run.  Commonly used in yoga, “use the two middle fingers of your left hand to close off your right nostril. Breathe in for four counts through your left nostril. Then, use your thumb to close the nostril. Hold the breath for four counts, and then release your fingers from your right nostril, and let the breath out for eight counts. Repeat the process on the right nostril, using your right hand to close off the left nostril” (

I encourage you to adopt one, two, three, four, or all five of these techniques to increase your stamina for running.

Do any of you Swaggernauts have effective breathing exercises for runners?


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Japan Still Needs Us

Posted by on Wed, March 30th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Hey my generous Swaggernauts, As we get closer and closer to the deadline to donate to our Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund (which is April 8th at 12:00pm PDT), the number of Swag Bucks contributed continues to skyrocket.  As of this morning, the total number donated was 1,919,635 Swag Bucks – I am simply floored, ... Read More »

Ask The Swag Gal March 30 2011

Posted by on Wed, March 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am
This week’s Ask The Swag Gal comes from a user experiencing an engagement dilemma: “How would you feel if the man of your dreams proposed to you, but you found out he was engaged before and gives you the same exact ring?” Let me first congratulate you on your engagement, if you were in fact ... Read More »

Ask The Swag Gal March 23 2011

Posted by on Wed, March 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut dealing with the stress of a long-distance relationship: Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? After over 8 months, mine is starting to wear me down. I’m in a big city in a job I love, and he moved away to take a job that will be good ... Read More »

Swagbucks 101

Posted by on Thu, January 13th, 2011 at 11:00 am
Hello my swaggy Swaggernauts! I certainly hope that you are enjoying the Games public beta that is now open to everyone! If you have just joined Swagbucks, I want to extend a nice, big WELCOME! We are so excited about all of our new members. For our new Swaggernauts (Swagbucks users), I would like to ... Read More »

Become the Sherlock Holmes of Swag Codes

Posted by on Tue, January 11th, 2011 at 8:00 am
Are you new to Swagbucks? Do you see people on the Facebook wall and Twitter page saying “Thanks TSG,” or “Thanks TSGal” and you have no idea what they’re talking about? Well, I’m here to sort it out for ya’! First off, welcome to Swagbucks! We’re happy to have you here, and we hope that ... Read More »

The Winning Tips are right under your nose!

Posted by on Sun, March 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm
TSG LOVES seeing his Swaggernauts earn those Swag Bucks. That’s why I love our winning tips section. Did you know we have a winning tips section? It’s a great place for Swaggernauts to learn some shortcuts to earning more Swag Bucks. In fact, let’s take a look at shortcuts, because that’s exactly what tip #7 ... Read More »