HIIT classes are great, but a new book claims that breathing could aid toning, too. Try these lung-busting moves…
Short, sharp exhales work your exhalation muscles. Pull the abs in so it feels like muscles are pulling your belly button deeper into your body than ever before. Now, pretend you’re blowing out a row of candles on a cake across a table. You will inhale slightly but focus on blowing out air. The inward scoops of the belly should happen at exactly the same time as you’re ‘blowing out candles’.
Advanced Exhale Pulsations In Tabletop
Get down on all fours. Pretend you’re a table, staying completely still except for your belly, which you should let drop. Relax your body without bending your elbows. Now, exhale in pulses and ‘pick up your belly’. See how far you can bring up your belly until you can feel a burn. How many times can you contract?
Take a big belly breath in. Maximise the inhalation; pack in as much air as you can. Hold for a few seconds, then when you feel you need to exhale, let out a little air. Pause. Let out some more. See how long you can draw it out until your stomach is scooped out.
Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Programme To Improve Your Mental And Physical Health by Dr Belisa Vranich (£12.99, Hay House UK)
Take a deep breath, make like a tree and relaaaaxxxxxx…