So why would I want to focus on something that comes naturally to all of us? Simple, as runners it is crucial to use our lung capacity effectively in order to run with ease and enjoy running more and this usually doesn't happen naturally!
What I tend to see a lot of runners doing is running with their shoulders hunched forwards. This is a big no no when running as it prevents optimal oxygen intake- capacity can be restricted as much as 30%. As runners you need to really start to be aware of how you are breathing when running. Essentially, what we want to achieve is what I like to call “deep belly breaths”. By breathing all the way down into our belly we are allowing more oxygen to enter our lungs, and the more oxygen we can bring into our lungs the more oxygen we can ultimately bring to our whole body. This allows us to stay in the comfortable aerobic phase and will stop you from having to huff and puff for air.