When I think about moving and Dr. Movement, anything you do must be supported by proper breathing patterns and more diaphragmatic in origin.

When you breathe correctly, you create more mental-emotional stability in your body and unload tension within the viscera so the organ systems become healthier. In this video, I’ll show you how to breathe properly to help you move and be healthier.

To start, take your shirt or blouse off and take a look at yourself in a mirror so you can see if you’re breathing properly through your diaphragm.

But what does that really mean?

Diaphragmatic breathing takes place first in the lower abdominal, then works like a wave through your body. The second part is more lateral (the front and back) and third more vertical.

By the way, this is deep breathing, not the kind you’d be doing sitting on the couch or driving a car, which is shallower but still takes place in the lower abdominal.

Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your body below the belly button. When you begin inhaling deeply, pay attention about where your breathing begins and ends.

When you’re breathing deeply, it should come from your lower abdominal, then move like a wave through your body, so it fills your body at the bottom, then moves laterally and upward.

If you can’t breathe easily after doing this, watch my video for some simple tips to help you do it properly. As an added benefit, you’ll learn how good healthy breathing habits will help you sleep better too!

Ashley Mazurek

Ashley is a go-to exercise expert at the C.H.E.K Institute.

She draws on 18 years of experience in the Fitness Industry, training as a C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 4 and HLC 3, and her personal experience as a nationally ranked triathlete to coach her clients to optimal performance and health.

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