How can we train ourselves to hold our breath longer?
There are some people who can hold their breath for a long time, up to a maximum of twenty minutes(1). Most people can hold their breath for a minute or two but if they hold it any longer it may cause problems like fainting, damaging the kidney and liver(2). When you do not have enough oxygen to help your body function then your diaphragm may experience muscle contraction. (3) It is the diaphragm that controls breathing and therefore any problem with your diaphragm will severely impact your ability to breathe.
Typically divers use oxygen tanks to allow them to breathe underwater. However, there are some people who like to dive without oxygen tanks; these people are called freedivers. If you want to become a freediver you have to know how to hold your breath for a long time. One way to practice holding your breath longer is to do it for one minute every day and you’ll soon be used to it(3). If you want to hold your breath for long, first try it for one minute, then breath normally for two minutes then repeat the process again(4). When you do this you will soon be used to holding your breath without a problem.
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