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Part 1: The Journey Begins

Today’s the start of a new month and today is also the day I’m starting my new project: I want to work on my breath holding skills.

Why would I practice something so trivial?

Well, my goal is to be able to hold my breath for more than just one or two minutes so I can stay underwater for longer times. I’m not talking about diving competitively, I just want to enjoy the beauty of the sea without having to go back up to the surface after just a few seconds.

When I was in Thailand I got to experience that it is really hard for me to stay underwater for more than 20 to 30 seconds and that’s exactly what I would like to change within the next few weeks.

I’ll be doing different exercises each day: meditation, different breath-hold techniques, O2 and CO2 tables, max breath-holds and shallow water dives under observation.

I’ve been reading a lot about how humans are able to work without O2 for a few minutes and how it’s possible to stop the urge to breathe when CO2 builds up in our body.

I did my first max breath-hold today, relaxed in bed without any preparation, and I was able to get about 1 minute and 30 seconds. I guess that’s not too bad and it’ll be interesting to see how much I can improve within the next four weeks.

I’m not planning to write daily about this topic, even though Max Deutsch is doing a really good job with his Month to Master, but I just don’t think I’ll be able to publish one update a day. There’ll be a post on this once in a while and I’ll keep you updated on my progress, I promise. Even if it might not sound that interesting to you, it’s a topic that has really kept me interested within the last few weeks and I’m so excited to do this now.

Now it’s time to start my journey and do my first set of exercises. See you soon!