How long can you hold your breath?

Philippines
October 25, 2009 1:36am CST
Everytime we go to a swimming pool me and my friends challenged each other on who can hold their breath longer. I really don't know how long I could hold it because we don't timed it. Maybe more or less a minute. Do you know David Blaine? We once tried it, and I can't remember how long, maybe a couple of hours, that was unbelievable! By the way, don't overdue it because holding your breath for a long time increases your intracranial pressure that may lead to damaged brain.
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@hotsummer (10436)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
david blaine? how come he is able to hold his breath for that long. he is not possible actually but i know he is some sort of magician and so he might had some kind of tricked done there. anyways, i can barely reach 30 seconds. the most i think is 10 seconds.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I think he's not only a magician, some of his acts are like extraordinary stunts. You could search him on the net, I know some acts he made like standing on a high pole (I don't know how long), remaining inside a block of ice (he got hospitalized there), and a lot more. You should check it out. He undergoes training and strict preparations.
@hotsummer (10436)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
i don't know if i will admire and claps my hands or should i pity him for putting himself into such trouble only to be popular. is it really worth it to go such extreme to earn money and fame. anyways, it could had been such a very hard preparation. he puts his life on risk each time he does that kind of thing.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
Yup, I would rather enjoy myself doing other things that I enjoy instead of training very hard and risking my life to be known. But still he got what he wants and he's famous now.
• India
25 Oct 09
possibly i can hold my breath upto 10 mins or 15 mins .Here in tamilnadu we play a game called kabadi in that the most important thing is to rold the breath we can increase it just by practise .i can hold my breadth 15 min and play kabadi and even swim under the water.........
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
OMG? That's cool! Just playing a game would increased your capacity to hold your breath. We also have street games here like "sipa", where your accuracy and ability to control improves.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
25 Oct 09
Holding the breath while playing kabadi helps in improving the concentration. I used to play kabadi when I was a kid. Now I am out of practice. Holding one's breath is now said to be a form of exercise.
@ample03 (403)
• India
25 Oct 09
Hi Charmz, I can hold my breath for maximum 1 and half minute. But it completely depends on the time of the day also. If I am very much tired then it will surely vary. I really don't know how they hold their breath for 5 minutes or more! Definitely it should be a matter of long time practicing.
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Yup, it all depends on how prepared and conditioned our bodies are. Warm up exercises should do it.
• Indonesia
25 Oct 09
im always swim every month, and always play dive and count to hold their breath, and i asked to my friend, who served counting, lol: i have found the strenght to hold my breath between 45-60 sec.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
LOL. Thanks for sharing your thought. Are you new here? Welcome to mylotters, hope you enjoy your stay here. Just add me up as your friend and you can ask me somethings here, although I'm also just being active here.
• China
25 Oct 09
Hi,charmz David Blaine is really too much.I am a beginner,so i can only persist in 10 seconds in the swimming pool.David Blaine's 2 minutes too reach the need to adhere to train every day,so i need study David Blaine,of course,in a safe context.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I think David Blaine made it a couple of hours. Your newbie here? Welcome to mylotters, hope you enjoy your stay. I'll just add you up okay?
@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
25 Oct 09
...when i first started swimming i can hold up to 10-15 seconds then it gradually increase, my maximum is 36seconds, using my casio digital watch..happy mylotting!!
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
Good for a start. Thanks for sharing your thought. Happy mylotting.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
25 Oct 09
As a poll, most people can hold their breath for 1 to 2 minutes. I used to be able to hold nearly up to 2 minutes, about 2 years ago when I was free diving in a local diving club. But now its probably the usual 1 minute. I don't actually want to know how bad I'm at this anymore, I haven't been diving for a long time. Perhaps I can stay down longer, but then my recovery time is longer on the surface. People can't hold your breath for more than a few minutes, because when you stop breathing, you begin to store up a gas called carbon dioxide, which your body cells produce as a waste product. Keeping a longer time is an amazing thing, but remember to be careful.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I almost forgot that. Yup, if you alter the exchange of gases you will also increase the toxicity in your blood. Thanks for sharing a good information. Cheers!
@codris (783)
• Italy
25 Oct 09
i don't know precisly...let me see...about 1,30 minutes, but i don't know if it's a good time, i think that the time we can hold our breath depends on our polmonary capacity and our training. Someone who make some sport like running or swimming, can hold his breath much longer then us, for some minutes i think.
@udnisak (610)
• Australia
25 Oct 09
well.. i cant hold my breath much longer.. may be less than 30seconds i will be able hold my breath..but i have heard there are people who try to hold their breath to set guinese word records.. it is so unbelievable and amazing at the same time.. but if we try we might also be able to hold our breath more than 3 minutes or so..
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I can hold my breath for about a minute. I think its a matter of practice. There are those that can hold their breath for 2 minutes more depending on practice. I think the average person can hold his or here breath for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I could hold my breath under water for almost 2 minutes before I could go up to breath on a fresh air. Well, I watch his show is very unbelievable but he did it. And that is amazing. Such talents and abilities is very rare now days. Well, even in Guiness world of records or in Ripley you could find a list of extra ordinary men and women doing those stuffs. Well, they are really have the talents and skills without it they would hardly survives.
• India
25 Oct 09
holding breath is a kind of art which will be developed based on continous . I can hold my breath up to 68sec. as i don't know swimming i did not test it under water. generally the holding of breath is gained ore importance while swimming as even if a person wants to get saved from the persons who are hunting he can get saved by drowning into water if he can hold bearth up to a longer extent by making more pactice...
@srganesh (6350)
• India
25 Oct 09
Let me check it out now.........Oh!I can't hold my breath even to a minute.Well,I don't know swimming but I had tried it in a swimming pool once.But I had not counted like this.I can say,some people can hold their breath well under the water after good practice.Some breathing exercises and yoga can help you stay longer under water.Cheers!