Pressure Breathing makes walking uphill easier

By May 28, 2018November 24th, 2021One Comment

Pressure breathing is one of the easiest techniques you can use to making walking uphill easier.

It doesn’t matter how steep the uphill is, how old you are, or what kind of shape you’re in.  If you like getting to the top of a hill with less heavy breathing, sweat, and drain on your energy, try Pressure Breathing.  It works.

I’ve included a video below that demonstrates the pressure breathing technique.  Please note that getting the most of this style of breathing requires that you make a wee bit of noise as you breathe.  Don’t worry if those around you look at you funny.  While you use pressure breathing to steadily move uphill, you’ll eventually see them stopping on a regular basis in an attempt to calm their ragged breathing and rapidly beating heart and wipe their sweaty brow.

Pressure Breathing

Now, I’m not saying Pressure Breathing makes going uphill easy.  However, it does make your efforts more efficient, reduces your energy use, helps reduce the chance of altitude sickness, means your legs feel less lead-like, and makes your adventure that much more enjoyable.

So, next time you’re out for a walk and face a beautiful section of trail that heads uphill, try Pressure Breathing.  Take that hill less traveled.  When combined with the rest step, another technique to make walking uphill easier, pressure breathing will help you explore areas you might previously have thought unattainable.

Questions? Comments? Please let me know in the comment section below.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY – Have you tried Pressure Breathing?  If so, did it help your journeys uphill?  What techniques do you use to make walking uphill easier?  Let me know in the comment section below.

As always – GOOD WALKING!

Ward Luthi
Walking The World


P.S. In case you’re new to Walking The World, we’ve been designing and leading small group walking tours for those who are 50 years of age and better since 1987. We travel to more than 30 destinations worldwide and use walking as a way to get up close and personal with the lands and people we visit.


One Comment

  • Lindy says:

    I have been hiking the trails at Glacier National Park this week and just found your site because of Linda Hollander. I am going to try your pressure breathing and rest step and am very excited about this. I always feel like my heart is beating in my ears when I get to the top of an incline and have to stop to slow it and my breathing down. I can’t wait to try these tips! Thank you!