Would you believe us that a possible secret to a killer core is just by breathing? Literally, just breathing. No crunches needed here. We are going to share how just breathing can unlock power and strength from your core that you might not know ever existed before. Plus, if you have diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, or back pain then this breathing routine is a must.
The deep core muscles have an important job and that is breathing. They work as we both inhale and exhale. So like other exercises we put our bodies through, it is effective to practice to achieve better strength and performance. As silly as it may sound, it is important to practice breathing or more specific practice conscious breathing exercises.
A little bit about the core…
A muscle a part of the core is the transversus abdominis muscle, or TVA. This muscle wraps around the torso and engages on an exhale to support the organs and stabilize the spine. Simply activating the the TVA with the breath can be very effective for creating tone and building strength. Additionally, a functional core supports digestion, organ function, energy, and sleep.
How a 7-minute breathing routine:
This breathing practice, is mainly about focusing on your breath and repeating your breath 100 times which equals approximately 7 minutes. The idea here is to focus on the breath and not force or make it quick.
1) On an inhale, focus on engaging the diaphragm and releasing the pelvic floor.
2) On an exhale, focus on engaging the pelvic floor and wrapping and tightening the deep transversus abdominis muscle.
Repeat for 100 breaths.
Make sure that you are seated on the floor in a comfortable spot. Make sure that you are sitting up nice and tall as well. Some people also like to place one hand on the chest and one on the belly.