When working out I sometimes do an hour-long stint of swimming—50 meters underwater every three minutes. It takes about a minute to swim one lap underwater, and when I come up for air I take a few quick breaths through my mouth, but after no more than about five seconds, I’ll be breathing through my nose again.
Then, after a two-minute rest, I swim another 50 meters underwater. What I have noticed is that there is a clear difference: I recover much faster during the two minute rest when I practice nasal breathing as soon as possible after the underwater stint.
Ulf Dextegen, 50, Stockholm, Sweden, hypnosis instructor Dexologic, free diver. Able to hold his breath for 9 minutes and also holds two Bronze medals from the Static Apnoea WC