Most people are breathing into their upper bodies, and hence, overusing their neck muscles. This could be an area of stiffness and tightness for you if you are this type of breather. The most efficient and natural way of breathing is belly breathing, using your diaphragm.
If you’re struggling with:
You have an ‘in-efficient’ core engagement strategy. An efficient core engagement strategy starts with good breathing.
Here’s quick way to self assess your breathing:
A Postpartum mom is any woman who has had a child, there is no time limit on postpartum mom status. Becoming a mother can effect the way you get back to your fitness goals too! When the belly expands your posture changes, along with many other different anatomical changes to your body these changes can effect how you use your core muscles during exercises. Although many of the changes will revert back to normal shortly after having a baby, sometimes you will have flared rip posture long after giving birth. This can seriously hinder your ability in the gym and would make it much harder to fire your muscles!
When working on exercises in the gym make sure:
Just to review, diaphragmatic breathing engages all the necessary muscles to engage your core. To get better at utilizing the core system, you have to challenge it. Just like if you want to get better at running or lifting, you want to challenge that. The deadbug is a great starting point exercise to do this. Check out how to do the "dead bug" below:
So let's review we have learned a lot about our breathing and how to use breathing to help improve our fitness especially for postpartum women. Try this below:
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