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Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NM(17 posts)

Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NMtuneout
Oct 17, 2001 5:29 PM
re: Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NMmackgoo
Oct 17, 2001 5:34 PM
I assume your talking when riding? Usually my nose, but lately it's been running so bad, through the mouth.
Oct 17, 2001 5:38 PM
Most of the time, through my nose. However, when I'm going really hard I will breathe through my mouth.
Are there bugs involved ? NMAhimsa
Oct 17, 2001 6:18 PM
Both! in thru nose - out thru mouth (nm)dupe
Oct 17, 2001 6:29 PM
Dat's da textbook way...jtolleson
Oct 18, 2001 7:06 AM
to help keep heartrate under control and not get too "gasping" for air. It is also taught for high altitude mountaineering.

It is my goal, but depending on my level of exertion I think I also ride with my tongue hanging out and giant gasps of air echoing nearby.
Nose as much as possible ...Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2001 6:34 PM
I always breathe thru my nose when cruising. I will resort to mouth breathing when sprinting, climbing, or otherwise doing hard intervals.

Breathing thru the nose is healthier, especially in cold, dry, or dusty air.
Speaking of which . . .LAIrish
Oct 17, 2001 9:57 PM
has anybody ever tried one of those nasal strips, like you see on the pro atheletes all the time? I'm wondering whether they help.

I tend to have some sinus problems that leave me in a constant semi-stuffed up condition. So I'm really curious about whether they would increase my oxygen intake.
Speaking of which . . .Dave Woof
Oct 18, 2001 2:28 PM
I used to be stuffed up all the time. Turns out I have 'Rhinitus' or something. Doctor prescribed Claritin D (sp?), twice a day. It has worked freakin miracles. Used to be I could breathe through my nose at all. Couldn't smell anything. Now I can smell flowers when I ride by. :-)

Interesting Read..muncher
Oct 18, 2001 1:23 AM
There is a book by Dr John Dulliard (sp?) who use to coach the US Olmypic athletics team some years ago, about training the body using nasal breathing. He noticed that many African tribes only nasal breathe when running etc. The technique works by partly by training the body to demand less oxygen, and partly by getting to whole lung used in breathing, as opposed to the 20% used in "panting".

I tried it for a long while when I was in the Army, and it does work, but you have to be prepared to take a long step backwards before you start going forward again, but if you can hack it, it's well worth it in my experience. You also have to keep it up - I had an injury and got out the habit.

I'll try to remember to check the book title at home tonight, and post tomorrow.
re: Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NMStew
Oct 18, 2001 6:04 AM
When I was a runner (a long time ago) I once read that the most efficient breathing method was breathing through both your mouth and nose at the same time (basically breathing through your mouth while leaving your nasal passages open for air to run through). That's what I always did when I ran and I do it on the bike when I'm aerobically challenged on steep hills.
Unfortunatly, my mouthKristin
Oct 18, 2001 6:18 AM
I eat a lot of little bugs! No big ones yet, but that day will come I'm sure.

Typically, I'm a quiet breather and always breathe thru my nose--even at night. But when I ride, I breathe through my mouth. I'm new to sports and my cardio condition is pretty shameful. I've recently began following Dougs suggestion to breathing through my nose on recovery rides. It was then that I realized I ride much harder than I was aware of. I think that this will all change as my conditioning improves.
Quiet breather...?Roxy
Oct 18, 2001 6:59 AM
On a recent riding trip in Solvang, we were riding with a bunch of regulars from Orange County.

One of our older (60-ish) friends was pacing me up a climb. Towards the top he turned around and said "Man, I'd love to hear you on the other end of a phone..."

Laughed so hard my breathing was REALLY screwed then!
LOL! nmSpinchick
Oct 18, 2001 10:17 AM
re: Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NMmaximum15
Oct 18, 2001 9:02 AM
Until just recently, primarily thru the mouth while riding. But now that I have decided to ride at night, and because the bugs are terrible in FL this time of year, I am fast learning to keep the mouth shut.
Trust me on this one -- a bug in the eye is not near as bad as a moth stuck to the back of your throat while you frantically grope for your water bottle.
Oct 18, 2001 2:58 PM
open up the pipes for more air flow; same with a car engine
re: Do you breath thru nose or mouth? NMDutchy
Oct 18, 2001 6:58 PM
My nose is pretty stuffed, I have never been able to breathe properly through it.
So I have to breathe through my mouth when riding. I am a loud breather when climbing,
I use my breathing like a metronome the constant inhale/exhale keeps my timing while climbing.
I have also used those nose strips which work great, they really open up the nasal passage
although they made my nose run constantly.