Fitness in Ten for Men Briefing Note – Learn to Breathe? Really?

Isn’t breathing automatic? Why would I have to think about it at all? Most men tend to hold their breath while exercising so they get out of breath easily.

Both Pilates and Yoga teach the importance of posture and deep breathing.  You can apply these principles to all the exercises you do and get a better workout.

The better workout happens because you concentrate on your movements and your breathing, and your mind feels clear and relaxed. Contrast this to lines of people riding stationery bicycles with TV screens blaring in large crowded gyms.

Net Takeaway: Your workout is your time to re-invigorate yourself. Remember your goal is to do this for the rest of your life, so why not enjoy it?

Here’s how:

1) Pull your belly button IN and UP slightly. This engages the core (the transverse abdominis muscle) to support your lower back.

2) Shrug your shoulders and slide your shoulder blades down your back.

3) Breathe in and out while maintaining your core tightness.

Train yourself while exercising and apply it to your day-to-day life. It will feel weird at first then quickly become a relaxing habit.

You’ll feel more relaxed, your posture will improve, and you’ll look great. The Breathing principle is one of many design elements built into The Fitness in 10 for Men Program for you.

To your fitness. For your life.

Colin McAlpin, Creator, Fitness in 10 for Men

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