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Doctor insights on: The Effects Of Exercise On Breathing Rate

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I'm athletic/exercise daily. Resting HR is usually 48-52 bpm. Resting breathing rate is pretty low (10 breaths/minute), but I feel fine. Is that ok?

I'm athletic/exercise daily.  Resting HR is usually 48-52 bpm.  Resting breathing rate is pretty low (10 breaths/minute), but I feel fine. Is that ok?

Athletic vital signs: For a conditioned athlete, heart rate in the upper 40's-50's is likely normal.

Some professional athletes such as bicyclers can have resting heart rates in the upper 30's.

Respiratory rate of 10-12 is normal range for athletes. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Im working in a hot body shop is it normal for breathing rate to increase in the heat it im taking aboit 21-23 breaths a min im scared?

Im working in a hot body shop is it normal for breathing rate to increase in the heat it im taking aboit 21-23 breaths a min im scared?

What's normal?: No, unless you are a dog who is cooled by panting - it is not. You need to try intentional breath patterns to gain some control over it. Breath in thru nose a full amount slowly. Hold it for a count of 6-8. Then blow it out through pursed lips like blowing out a candle for a long steady count of 8-10 till lungs are totally empty. Repeat 5 times. D this pattern every hour at least. Best! ...Read more

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What is the average breathing rate after exercise ?

What is the average breathing rate after exercise ?

Variable: Depends on conditioning and baseline.
Goes up with exercize and returns to low normal with resting for ten minutes after completion!
14- 20 resting common. ...Read more

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Why does increase in heart rate and breathing rate accompany exercise?

Why does increase in heart rate and breathing rate accompany exercise?

Exercise: With increasing body work load and oxygen metabolic demands increasing, the heart rate will increase to increase the cardiac output and breathing rate will increase to make more oxygen available. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good exercise routines that can test the heart rate and breathing rate?

Could you tell me what are good exercise routines that can test the heart rate and breathing rate?

Aerobic exercise: Using maximal heart rate and target heart rate zones. Improve endurance and cardiac capacity by reaching 90% of mhr and staying for 2mins then resting and staying at 70% for4 mins. Increase sprinting time slowly. Stay exercising without stoping while resting after sprinting. ...Read more

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My 1yr old twins were diagnosed with upper resp virus? Is there anything i can give them to stop coughing, brething hard, o sleep?

My 1yr old twins were diagnosed with upper resp virus? Is there anything i can give them to stop coughing, brething hard, o sleep?

Nasal saline drops: 2 or 3 times per day utilize some nasal saline drops such as "little noses" and use bulb suction to remove the congestion. The children may fight you when you do it, but it will help with breathing for a few hours and will help them fall asleep. ...Read more

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How to control breathing rate while exercising?

How to control breathing rate while exercising?

Not good too think!: You breathe as necessary. With the exception of swimming, no synchronization is necessary! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to decrease my breathing rate?

Can you tell me how to decrease my breathing rate?

Try this: Try deep breathing exercises if you are looking to acutely slow it down. Deep breathing. Inhale through the nose. Fill lungs (but not to point of discomfort). Hold for a five count. Slowly exhale through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. Moving your arms in a large circular motion can increase the size of the breath. ...Read more

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My breathing rate is bery low so what can i do for this?

My breathing rate is bery low so what can i do for this?

Automatic: Your body automatically controls the rate of breathing, which varies according to activity level. Best to let it be. ...Read more

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Why is the breathing rate of males is different from that of females?

Why is the breathing rate of males is different from that of  females?

Tidal volume...: Males, on average, tend to have slower breathing rates due to larger lung size (it takes longer to complete the respiratory cycle of inhale/exhale). Also, male heart rates are slower on average. Given these facts, it seems counterintuitive, but women have lower metabolic rates than men. ...Read more

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Is it better for you to have a slower breathing rate than a faster one?

Is it better for you to have a slower breathing rate than a faster one?

Slower: An individual with a slower breathing rate is probably better trained
if you have a slower baseline breathing rate you will have more room to increase it when exercise becomes more rigorous(similar but not the same as heart rate ). ...Read more

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Is having a slow breathing rate better than having a fast one?

Depends: While running or during exertion, ones breathing rate is way high as it should be and is better than a slow one. Very slow breathing rate is not good either. Normal resting condition one should be breathing 10-12 reasonable (taking about 500 cc of air in) breaths. ...Read more

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If I have a slow breathing rate, does it indicate possible internal damage?

If I have a slow breathing rate, does it indicate possible internal damage?

Not necessarily: Could be just normal for you, especially if you are not having any symptoms. If there is a problem, it's more likely a neurologic issue as opposed to internal damage. ...Read more

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How could living at high altitudes affect your breathing rate?

Depends on Altitude: Your breathing rate depending on how much higher you go will initially be higher. As one acclimates and gets used to the new higher altitude the rate should decrease as your body adjusts. ...Read more

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2 yrs old normal breathing rate?

20-30/ minute: Twenty to thirty breaths per minute.

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Do tranquilizers slow down your breathing rate?

Do tranquilizers slow down your breathing rate?

YES: Tranquilizers a central nervous system depressants & certainly do decrease your respiratory drive. ...Read more

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How can asthma affect a persons breathing rate?

How can  asthma affect a persons breathing rate?

Increases: During an asthma flare or attack, frequently the respiratory rate increases (like panting). However, some people having asthma can have normal respiratory rate. When a person has controlled asthma or not experiencing asthma symptoms, the respiratory rate should be normal. Having asthma should not change the baseline respiratory rate. ...Read more

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How come the breathing and pulse rate increases as the length of exercise increases?

How come the breathing and pulse rate increases as the length of exercise increases?

Cardiac drift: With prolonged exercise, breathing rate increases to meet the oxygen demands of working muscle. Heart rate increases, but it does not plateau. A steady increase in heart rate is seen with prolonged exercise due to 'cardiac drift'. The heart rate increases in order to maintain your cardiac output in the face of decreased 'preload' due to dehydration and blood diverting to skin for heat loss. ...Read more

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Hi my son isn't very web so just wanted to no what is the breathing rate ment to b in a 3year old as it seems to fast thank u?

If you're counting: Correctly, a persistent respiratory rate in the 40's or above, not just when fussing, would be of concern. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter's breathing rate is 23/minute. Is it normal? At what point I should consider that the breathing rate is high?

Yes: The expected respiratory rate for a 3yo in good health is 25+/- 3 breaths/ minute with an outside limit of 25 +/- 6 before being called fast or slow. Things like fever often bring up the expected rate by 5 breaths/min per f degree. ...Read more

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Would liver failure affect your breathing rate?

Would liver failure affect your breathing rate?

Yes: Im several ways. In liver failure, fluid can accumulate in the abdomen (ascites) that can push up on the diaphragm & cause trouble bleeding. There is also a very specific syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, that can cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What position would have a higher heart rate and breathing rate and why?

What position would have a higher heart rate and breathing rate and why?

Standing erect: When you lie or sit, your body doesn't have to fight gravity to get blood to your head. When you stand up, it does, and heart rate rises and leg blood vessels tighten to maintain blood flow to your brain. Breathing is less affected. If you have heart failure, breathing and heart rate may rise upon lying down since more blood returns to the heart than it can handle and it backs up into the lungs. ...Read more

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What is normal breathing rate after walking about 10 min and also after running ?

What is normal breathing rate after walking about 10 min and also after running ?

NO such list: Your question is so ambiguous and out of context that it is impossible. There are dozens of variables and any breathing rate will vary from day to day within a range of normal. If you are not able to speak in a full sentence then you are working too hard at whatever activity you are doing. ...Read more

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I'm breathing into a bag, or after exercise why is the rate (breath holding) slower?

I'm breathing into a bag, or after exercise why is the rate (breath holding) slower?

Breathing: The accumulated carbon dioxide in the bag can influence the breathing center in you brain, causing you to breath slower ...Read more

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What to do if I have high bp) cause hypoventillation (i.e: why does stimuation of the arterial baroreceptors cause a decreased breathing rate)?

What to do if I have high bp) cause hypoventillation (i.e: why does stimuation of the arterial baroreceptors cause a decreased breathing rate)?

Wrong: You have a different physiology text than mine! Hypoventilation with fall in pO2, rise in pCO2, and fall in pH - all stimulate arterial chemoreceptors in the carotid and aortic bodies to increase breathing rate. There is no effect on baroreceptors which respond to changes in BP. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more