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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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Extreme Couponing

Posted by on Tue, April 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Hey there, my saving aficionados! I wanted to share some interesting information with you.  According to – the Web information company – the most popular pages on the internet right now have to do with extreme couponing. Here at Swagbucks, we’re always trying to stay on top of the latest trends.  With Swagbucks Coupons, ... Read More »

I Need More Allowance

Posted by on Fri, April 1st, 2011 at 3:30 pm
I was never one of those lucky kids who received an allowance from their parents.  But I was lucky in the sense that my mom always bought me everything I needed, and a lot of things I wanted.  I found a pretty interesting article on Money Ning explaining five reasons why you should give yourself ... Read More »


Posted by on Wed, March 30th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
As I’m sure most of you know we have a great trade-in program where you can recycle your old cell phones, video games, and books, and get Swag Bucks in return.  But what if you have other items that you want to get rid of, and would rather see them recycled than thrown away?  Although not ... Read More »

Ashley’s Tips

Posted by on Mon, March 21st, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Hey guys! This is Ashley from Team Swagbucks and I’m here with some good online shopping tips. Clearly here at Swagbucks we are very big advocates of online shopping. But how do you know if you’re being smart with your online shopping? Well, let me first ensure you that shopping at Swagbucks is always smart, ... Read More »

Muscle Man

Posted by on Mon, March 7th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Hey there! I know that a lot of us guys like to stay in shape and show off our muscles. I found a great article from Men’s Health with the 100 Best Fitness Tips. I wanted to share some that I found to be very helpful. Protect Your Neck -When doing your crunches, put your ... Read More »

Fill your cart with tips

Posted by on Fri, March 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Most of us are familiar with the grocery shopping experience.  Some of us hate it and some of us don’t mind it, but we can all use helpful tips to make it efficient and effective.  I found a great article from with 50 tips for grocery shopping, and I wanted to highlight some that I ... Read More »

Train your Brain

Posted by on Tue, February 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Many of us have exercise routines to keep us in shape. Maybe it’s going to the gym, taking a walk, doing crunches at home, swimming, etc. But have you thought about exercising your brain? The best way to stay sharp is to work your brain. I found a great article from discussing ways to ... Read More »

Tricked Ya!

Posted by on Wed, February 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Hey there! I found this really awesome article that explains tricks of the body that I never knew before. Not only are these super cool and interesting, but they will definitely prove to be useful. Experience Supersonic Hearing -If you’re at a crowded party trying to have a personal conversation with a friend, lean in ... Read More »

Healthy and Happy

Posted by on Thu, February 10th, 2011 at 11:00 am
* It’s very hard to find something that every single person agrees on. One thing, though, that proves to be important to everyone is wanting to be healthy. I found a great article with some essential tips for being healthy. Move More Whether its chasing your kids, climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, or ... Read More »