Heavy Breathing

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m a big fan of oxygen.

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Maybe you’re thinking facials (and yes, those are nice) but I’m talking about those deep breaths that propel red, happy blood cells to resentful, burning muscles.

Holding the breath might seem like a good way to get through spurts of intense physical effort, but it’s actually detrimental … and potentially dangerous.

Consider this: when you inhale smoothly and exhale purposefully, you:
• Eliminate CO2
• Improve energy, digestion and elimination
• Enhance functioning of the kidneys, pancreas, intestines, diaphragm, lungs and the heart
• Eliminate negative emotions
• Improve circulation; reduce blood pressure

To understand proper breathing, I want you to try this:
• Place your palm on your belly, inhaling smoothly and deeply through the nose.
• Exhale sharply through your mouth, like you’re blowing out a candle.
• The “snap” of belly toward spine is where the money is – it’s actually bonus core work!

So from now on, concentrate on inhaling and exhaling purposefully during exertion. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the floor, at the barre, or sucking your thumb in the corner after cool down. Breathing consciously and smoothly means your mind is in control of your body, even if your burning limbs/abs/butt seem to have a mind of their own.

– Megan