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by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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Did you ever time yourself holding your breath just to see how long you could do it for? How long can you hold your breath?

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Oh goodness, there was a time when I could hold my breath for a long period of time. Now it's probably like 20 seconds! I need to re-build my stamina in water.
Yeah - funny you ask. I have, however right now I only can hold it for 45 seconds.
Probably not as long as I used to. I used to swim competitively when I was much younger, but I am not sure I am very fit these days... too many hours on the computer ;)
Happens to the best of us.
30 seconds. I used to be able to do almost a minute.
As a kid, I used to time how long I could hold my breath. It was a game, I always tried to beat my longest time... I was a bit of lame kid. I'm pretty sure I used to get close to 2 minutes, but I couldn't do anything close to that now.
The length of my backyard swimming pool.
That is another thing that gets worse with age!
I used to be able to swim the length of a pool underwater, but no way could I do this now.
I can perhaps hold my breath for less than 30 seconds now as I sometimes practise deep breathing and only can count to 10 on the breath in and hold for 10, which makes 20!
by Finy
At the peak of my Swimming 'Career' at 18, could hold my breath & swim 25m underwater, with very strong breaststroke movement.

Also used to do 8 strokes of freestyle on one breath: that gave me time advantage!
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