Tip Tuesday: Breathe for a better workout


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breathe for a better workout
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To increase the efficiency of a workout, prevent injury, build endurance, boost cardio function, and burn fat; just breathe.

Conscious breathwork can enhance the efficiency of any physical training program by increasing oxygen and decreasing the body’s CO2 levels.

“We coach our clients to breath in during the negative movement and out during exertion,” says Rob Hamilton owner and trainer at Kickin’ It Fitness Studio in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. “For instance, during a push up, you would breathe in on the way down and out on the way back up.”

Boost metabolism and burn fat

Breathing correctly also helps prevent injuries by lowering levels of lactic acid and allowing the body to release toxins during exercise. By paying attention to your breath during a workout, you can easily enhance the effects and reduce the risk of injury while boosting metabolism.

Breathing while weight training, is critical to prevent internal injury such as hernia, blood vessel strain, and high blood pressure." says Hamilton

Conscious breathwork outside a workout allows you to pay attention to your breath and practice breathing patterns in a controlled setting. It may seem simple to take a deep breath, but most adults breath shallowly without completely exhaling, making it impossible to take a proper deep breath.

Try the following exercise to practice exhaling completely and inhaling deeply.

Simple breathwork exercise:

  • Lie on your back with your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest.
  • Breathe out slowly and completely to a count of eight.
  • Hold for a count of four.
  • Take a slow, deep breath filling your abdomen first then your chest. You should feel the left hand rise first followed by the right.
  • Repeat at least four times twice a day, preferably in the early morning and late afternoon.

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