Your exhale is created by using the lower 1/3 of your abs to PRESS downward.
By pressing your lower abs downward your air will naturally move up and out of your open mouth.
When we exhale we are avoiding blowing out. And we want to avoid ‘sucking in’.
Aim for allowing the air to be pressed up and out of your abdominal cavity by pressing your lower abs.
It is natural to want to suck in to make your belly flat but that’s the opposite of what we want. It’ll take practice but overtime keep your attention on the action of pressing your lower muscles to PRESS the air out.
The video: Train this one muscle video walks you through how to do this in the sitting position. The same technique is used while lying down.
The video also covers the many benefits of the breathing technique.
Breathing throughout the exercise:
For each repetition you are
- pressing your air out using your lower abs
- while lowering your legs to offer the ‘challenge’ your ab muscle needs to strengthen.
You are Exhaling on the Effort.
Then you are
- Inhaling through your nose as you bring your legs back up.
Please Note: You can use timing and type of breathing that works for you in the beginning.
As you get use to the exercise you will be able to place more focus on the E for E Exhale on the Effort breathing gaining even more from the exercise.