When we exercise, most of us are so focused on what actions we are doing that we forget about everything else.  We simply follow along to what we are seeing in class or use the machines that are supposed to get us to feel healthy and in shape.  

However, you may have noticed that your workouts are missing something and I am pretty sure that one of the things you are missing is active abs.  

Thankfully, there is a trick that you can use to keep your abs activated as you exercise and it is something that you can easily do if you remember to think about it.  

Okay, so we all know how important breathing is for getting through our days, but did you know that how you breathe will make a difference in how you feel?  

It’s true!

All of those shallow breaths that you take throughout the day, especially when you are stressed, may not deliver the oxygen that your body needs.  

The same holds true when it comes to breathing and exercising.  The goal of any type of exercise is to keep your entire body engaged, so you have the best results and breathing can help with this.  

Yes, breathing properly is the trick that I am talking about when it comes to keeping your abs active during exercise!  

Many of us constantly focus on our abs when we are exercising and how many times have you thought that they are not looking like you thought they would after all of this time?   I’ve heard so many people complain that they have been working out for weeks or months and they wish they could finally feel more stable in their core or that their back gets sore after workouts.

Well, if you are not breathing properly when you are exercising, your abs will not be engaged.  And non-engaged abs are not active, so you are basically not using them when you are working out.  

Belly breathing will cause your abs to go offline, which means you could exercise for hours each day, every day of the week, and still not see a change in your abs.  Once you change your breathing, you will almost instantly see and feel a change within your abs and the rest of your body!  

In fact, proper breathing will not only activate your abs, but it will also prevent you from getting injured from non-activated muscles.  You will also have a better form and a more efficient workout.  

All workouts require that you maintain stability in your abdominals you will want to inhale as you engage your muscles and keep them engaged as you exhale.  Push-ups will require quicker breaths, while squats will require slower breaths.  

I have found that many people hold their breath while doing upper body exercises with weights and this is the worst thing that you can do for your workout and your body!  It helps to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This ensures that you are not holding your breath! 

Now that you know that you must breathe properly to keep your abs engaged when you are working out, you will finally feel and see a difference with your abs.  I encourage you to try it today and see how breathing properly can change your workouts and how you feel afterward. I guarantee that it will be a life-changing moment for you!