Is there science behind breathing in through your nose while working out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 1:09 AM

A little background on me: I have never been able to properly breathe through my nose and when I was a child I would have weekly nosebleeds. I had surgery on a deviated septum a few years ago, and was taking allergy shots. For ONE WHOLE YEAR I was able to breathe through my nose, and it was amazing!!! But the allergy shots stopped working, and I stopped taking them. Now I am back to square one. Which is; sometime pain and pressure in the sinuses and usually at least one nostril plugged nearly completely (alternating between the two). When I sleep, I usually switch sides frequently because the nostril on the bottom gets too clogged, and there is a moment of relief when the swelling (?) is switching sides.

I can handle the amount of air that passes through my nose when resting, but when I am working out, it feels like trying to breathe through a straw! My PT is constantly telling me, "In through the nose, out through the mouth." But my body doesn't work that way! Is there any particular reason that this is the 'correct way to breathe' during a workout? Should I do in through the mouth, out through the nose? Or is mouth breathing okay?

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on May 01, 2013
at 05:08 AM

Breathing in through the nose is known to deliver Nitric Oxide produced in the sinuses into the body where it can do a host of good things.



on May 01, 2013
at 04:41 AM

breathing through your nose is supposed to allow deeper breathing and more oxygen into your lungs. But if you are unable to safely do it, dont. It sounds like you're not getting much oxygen in through one nostril anyway. Listen to your body.

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