Did you know you can use your breathing technique to actually help with strengthening your core? The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that forms the floor of the ribcage and assists with inspiration and passively with expiration. As you inhale, the diaphragm contracts, allowing the rib cage to expand.
At this point, your abdominal’s lengthen as well. Your transverse abdominis is the deepest abdominal muscle, and like the diaphragm, assists with managing the pressure that changes with inspiration and expiration. This muscle is also important because it helps provide stability to your core with dynamic activity.
If you place your hand on your abdomen, you will feel your stomach expand and rise as you breathe in. As you breathe out, your abdomen will flatten and return to baseline. This is the natural time to activate your core and try to draw that belly button towards your spine.
So you’re going to breathe and, allow your abdominal’s to relax, breathe out and try to activate or contract your abdominal muscles. Practice doing this a few times to get comfortable with your core activation with breathing. Then come see us to progress and exercise difficulty!