Let’s Talk About Breathing


Ever run with a blocked nose? Horrible isn’t it? Anyone who participates in any form of physical activity – especially competitively – knows how important good breathing is. Not just breathing – good breathing.  As a triathlete I’m always on the lookout for new techniques and tools to (legally) give me a sporting edge, so I was intrigued to hear about a piece of kit called ‘Turbine Sports Breathing Technology’.

Developed by Australian medical techy company, Rhinomed, Turbine, I was told, opens the airways and is clinically proven by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital to increase airflow, on average, up to 38 per cent in each breath, aiding efficiency, performance and recovery. Impressive claim. And pro athletes like Chris Froome and Rachel Naylan are apparently on board. Well, if it’s good enough for them… Those airways, incidentally, are the nostrils (in case the ‘Rhino’ name didn’t give it away).

Hmmm, how was this going to work – was I going to run like a serious pro while wearing an amusing false nose? Well, not quite, but almost… So, with some interest I opened my pack of little yellow gadgets and selected the size that best fitted my nose. After pulling my runners on I hit the pavement and took my little nasal buddy for a 10km run.

So, how’d it go? Pretty well for me, and even better for my nose which completed the course 38% faster than the rest of me. Ha ha, I jest. But actually, I did feel some benefits from wearing the nose clip, which sits fairly snugly inside the nose. It felt a little odd at first, but after a few minutes I got used to it and hardly noticed the nose plug in there during the run. I felt the airways opened up more during my run, and also felt good after taking the Turbine out.

On the cons list, well, I sweat a lot on my nose so had to be careful not to wipe the sweat off too much, as it hurt with the Turbine in if I pressed too hard. The yellow colour also makes flat-nosed people like me look a little silly, so something more skin-tone coloured (ideally a range from nude to dark) would be great – maybe that’ll happen in the next release.

All in all, I definitely noticed a difference after just one run. Now, to try it on the bike.

This post was written by Bel ‘The Fonginator’ Fong, avid triathlete and Senior Course Coordinator with PT and fitness education provider fitnessU.
Article sourced here :  http://www.fitnessnetwork.com.au/_blog/Network_Blog/post/i-put-this-up-my-nose-to-enhance-my-performance-legally/


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