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The One Thing You Should Never Do When Doing Crunches

September 1, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
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Much like bikini waxes and cardio, crunches are one of life’s necessary evils – you may hate it in the moment, but you’ll love yourself for it later if you just bite the bullet and do what a girl’s gotta do. Plus, it turns out that there’s actually one way you can easily make crunches suck less for yourself – and it’s as simple as changing up your breathing while you do them.

If you tend to hold your breath without really even realizing it while doing crunches or any other ab exercise you’re not alone – but it can also make all that work you’re putting in pretty useless. Holding your breath while doing crunches can actually make them less effective since it doesn’t allow your muscles to engage fully. So what’s the proper way you should be breathing while crunching?

It’s best to try to keep a regular breathing pattern of exhaling when you lift off the ground, and inhaling when you curl back down. Think of it as the two E’s: Exhale when you exert! Exhaling on the way up engages extra abdominal muscles that wouldn’t otherwise be working hard if you were holding your breath – making your crunch extra effective. Meanwhile, a deep inhale on the way down delivers much-needed extra oxygen that your muscles need in order to keep going.

If you’re doing tons of crunches every day and still not seeing those abs come out of hiding, simply changing up your breathing pattern can have a big impact on the results you’ll see!

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For more tips and tricks, check out: 10 Ways To Save Even MORE When You Shop At Target and The One Exercise Everyone Should Stop Doing, According To Jillian Michaels

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