Strength Training Tips – Breathing Your Way to a More Muscular Body

by Benny Swenson
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

In order to build a muscular body and to get lean and lose body fat, there are a number of different things that we need to do. One of the most important things that needs to be done is that we should change our dietary habits as this is what typically gets us in trouble in the first place.

We should also make sure that we are exercising regularly, stressing our muscles to a certain extent through a weightlifting routine that will build muscle, and burn fat.

There is something else, however, that is often overlooked by individuals who are trying to lose fat and put on muscle naturally.

What I am talking about is breathing and although all of us breathe or else we would be dead, that does not necessarily mean that we are all breathing properly. The easiest way for you to test how you are breathing is to look at the way that you breathe whenever you are resting and not really thinking about it.

You might even ask somebody that is with you regularly to do this whenever you’re not expecting it. Notice what parts of your body are moving whenever you breathe.

If your chest is going in and out, you’re not breathing properly and you are not getting the deep breaths that are necessary to feed your body with oxygen.

Whenever we breathe properly, we fill our lungs all the way to the bottom with fresh air (when it is available) and this helps to oxygenate the body. As a result of breathing deeply, our diaphragm has to move out of the way and this pushes our stomach out.

That is why people who breathe properly see their stomach go in and out instead of their chest.

It is imperative for you to breathe properly whenever you’re exercising because this is when your body is going to need the most oxygen. The blood that travels through your lungs will pick up the oxygen that you’re giving to it and deposit it into the muscles where your body is working hardest.

If you learn how to breathe properly and truly oxygenate your body, you are going to notice massive natural muscle growth as a result.

Try working on the way that you breathe today, once you get the hang of it, you will begin noticing the differences rather quickly.

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Updated: September 16, 2013 — 12:43 pm

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