By Julie Messinger
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
Many people ask me when it is appropriate to breathe while exercising . I always tell my group fitness classes to remember to breathe. People sometimes look at me like “obviously” But there is actually a proper way to breathe while exercising, especially during weight lifting.
While exercising, your brain automatically recognizes the increased carbon dioxide and lactic acid levels which causes you to start breathing heavily in order to increase oxygen levels. In order to control the heavy breathing, try taking slower inhales and exhales. By doing this you will actually be able to sustain the intensity of your work out.
When weight lifting, if you are not breathing (which many people do) all the blood rushes to your head causing you to become dizzy, lightheaded or you may even get a headache.
Here’s how simple it is…
Exhale on the release of your contraction, for example if doing a chest press when pushing the weight out you want to breathe in.
Inhale on release of the movement, so on that chest press you want to breathe in while pushing the weight back in. Once you practice this a couple times, you won’t even have to think about it.
Just remember to BREATHE.