breathing fully while exercising can sometimes slip the mind; our minds are focused on the burn and making sure we finish the entire set. but as you probably already know, that can make it so much more difficult for our bodies to finish the movements! even if you remember to breathe, most people only breathe into the top portion of the lungs which is very shallow. shallow breathing fatigues your body quicker and can often make the work out stressful instead of enjoyable. while practicing pilates it’s important and extremely beneficial to stay aware of your breath and movement cordination. breathing deeper into the lungs brings oxygen to the blood which then energizes and refreshes your limbs. so honestly, it makes the movements a lot easier if you make a point to focus on your breath throughout the practice. plus it can take your mind off the burn that’s happening in the rest of your body.
lateral breathing is started by inhaling through your nose and a full exhale through the mouth. each inhale fills the ribs all the way to your back and with the exhale you bring in your belly muscles closer to your spine. bring your navel in & up! practicing this energizing breath can help correct your posture during movements and calm your mind & body so you can keep on going & continue to shape your body!
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