Breathing

How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?

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Although your lungs can hold about four minutes worth of oxygen, your body will likely prompt you to gasp for air near the one-minute mark. Researchers call this inhale moment the "breakpoint." The breakpoint likely occurs when your diaphragm signals your body to take a breath. Tips for holding your breath longer include being relaxed, motivated, and being distracted.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Science says, without training, you can only hold your breath for about one minute. 00:04

  2. Our lungs can hold about four minutes worth of air. 00:23

  3. To hold your breath longer, it helps to be relaxed, motivated, and to be distracted. 01:17

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