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How to Hold Your Breath Longer Underwater

Swimming can be more fun, if you know how to breathe well underwater. Though, it might seem easy to just hold your breath for a while, there are special methods that can help you do it longer and more comfortably. And, the best thing about it, this practice doesn’t take long.


Predict your potential


To start, let's check your current ability to hold your breath. First, take a timer. Then you need to sit on a chair or lie in your bed. Breathe slowly for 2 minutes at your normal pace. Then take a deep breath and exhale as much as you can. Then hold your breath and simultaneously start the timer.

When you can't hold it back - breathe in and let yourself recover.

Check your results:
  • If you are able to hold your breath for a minute or less - after training, you will be able to hold it for about 3 minutes.
  • If you are able to hold your breath for at least a minute and 30 seconds - after training, you will be able to hold it for about 4 minutes.
  • If you are able to hold your breath for more than 2 minutes - after training you will be able to hold it for about 5 minutes.

So the more you can now, the more you can keep it in the future


Relaxation is the key


The most important part of training to increase your breathing capacity underwater is relaxation. You have to completely relax your mind, your breath and your muscles. Tense muscles will use your oxygen and make you hold your breath for a shorter time. You must be calm, without stress or nervousness. Only this will help you get the best results.




The main training is very simple and can be done anywhere and anytime.


  • Sit down, relax and take 3 breaths.
  • First, inhale the air into 75% of the lungs.
  • Then exhale all you can.
  • Inhale again, fill your lungs 100% - as much as you can.
  • Hold as long as possible.

Before going underwater




Before you decide to swim and hold your breath underwater, you need to warm up your lungs.

  • Go to a relaxed position.
  • Breathe normally for about 2 minutes, then hold until you feel a little uncomfortable.
  • Then let it go and breathe normally for another 2 minutes.
  • Repeat 3 times.

Some helpful tips



  • If you lie above the water, you will be able to hold your breath much longer than if you start actively swimming.
  • The closer you are to the surface, the easier it is to hold your breath. As you sink deeper into the water, it can be difficult to hold it for a long time.
  • Make sure you don't eat anything 2 to 3 hours before you hold your breath. Especially if you decide to practice underwater. When your body digests, it uses some of the oxygen you need.
How often do you go to the pool? Do you like competitive swimming? Maybe you have your own advice for swimmers? Let's share them in the comments section!

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