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Fit Tip: Don't Hold Your Breath

Fit Tip: Don't Hold Your Breath

The next time you're lifting at the gym, take a minute to focus on your breathing or lack thereof. Unknowingly many of us, myself included, have the tendency to hold our breath and tense up during the hard part of an exercise. It's time to break the habit.

It may sound strange to remind you to breathe, but try to avoid holding our breath during the strenuous part of a lift. The problem is that breathing improperly while lifting can increase blood pressure potentially leading to light headedness, dizziness, nausea, hernia, heart attack or even stroke. Holding one's breath can be especially problematic for someone who is pregnant or for someone with hypertension. To avoid this, inhale with eccentric (the easy part) and exhale with each concentric phase (the hard part - when the muscle you are working is shortening) of a repetition.


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itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
My trainer is ALWAYS having to remind me to breathe!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i always have to remind myself to breathe during working out i get nauseous easily
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
I do this too :/
Taadie Taadie 8 years
I tend to do this a lot during strength training and i dont know why because during my cardio regular breathing is the only thing that gets me through it.
Hill82879 Hill82879 8 years
It's so funny you posted this. I've been doing the "100 Push-ups in 6 Weeks" program you posted a few weeks ago, and I find that I've been holding my breath. It makes push-ups a lot harder if you're not breathing! Monday night, I thought, "I would write in and ask about when it is I should inhale and when I should exhale." So, thank you so much for reading my mind!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to hold my breath - i don't know why - it's probably a subconscious concentration thing - but ever since i was told otherwise by trainer at my gym, i've started to make the effort to control my breathing more and it really does help your workout.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I'm guilty of this.
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