Breathing is what our deep abdominal muscles are in charge of. They are the muscles that are working when we inhale and exhale. When working on strengthening or restoring muscles it is important to work on their functionality and patterning habits first set the foundation, especially if you are coming off of pregnancy and those muscles have been stretched out.
Finding that 6-pack can be as simple as breathing.
Since the core muscles are in charge of respiration or breathing, it is most effective to begin just with that. Start to retrain them by performing conscious breathing exercises.
Breathing Exercise For Core Strength
There isn’t anything fancy here. The biggest goal to achieve is to really focus your mind on your muscles.
1). Start with the inhale. On the inhale, focus on engaging the diaphragm and releasing the pelvic floor.
2) Next the exhale. On an exhale, focus on engaging the pelvic floor and wrapping and tightening the deep transversus abdominis muscle.
The idea here is to practice this enough that you perform these mind muscle connection as you connect your breaths together.
Start with trying this for a couple minutes in the morning and a couple minutes at night. Increase your time a bit longer each day or week until you can routinely practice doing 100 breaths in the morning and 100 breaths at night. To clarify, that is 100 inhales and 100 exhales.
Now, you have created a killer foundation for those killer abs.
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