What makes you breathless?

4) Normal breathlessness and exercise

A group of men and women playing hockey

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Think back to the Olympic athletes or other sports people you have seen.

  • Do they look breathless at the end of a race or a football match?
  • Do they look worried about this?

This was normal breathlessness.

This kind of breathlessness does not cause harm.

When we sit still, our breathing is quieter, slower, gentler.

When we are active, our breathing is noisier, faster, harsher.