Learning how to breathe properly will not only greatly improve your lifts, but may also improve your stress levels. This is because when we take deep breaths into our belly, we signal to our body to be in a more relaxed and less stressed state. Today, let's talk about how belly breathing relates to lifting!
Belly breathing helps us shuttle oxygen to working tissues, as well as lay the foundation for our mind-muscle connection with our core. Belly breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing) is simply a practice of taking deeper and fuller breaths, by encouraging the full lengthening and relaxation of our core musculature, followed by the natural passive rebound of the same musculature.