Proper Breathing

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How should I breathe when working out?

Proper Breathing

Just breathe! When doing your strength training exercise, always remember to breathe properly. Exhale on the contraction and inhale on the return. Example: in doing arm curls you would exhale as you curl the bar towards your body and inhale as you stretch your arm out, then return the bar back to the starting position. Establish a rhythm during your weight training routine.



4/3/2008 4:25:14 PM
Mary said:

This is so true! Proper breathing was not stressed to me when I started weight training. I have been a runner and cyclist for many years and I never gave it a thought about learning how to breathe properly. I just recently started weight training and I have a tendency to hold my breath. What a mistake! I experienced what is called "weightlifter's headache" and it was painful. Please, please do not hold your breath and practice breathing properly!


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