Random Fit Fact:
Jump Rope!! Do you know that just 10 minutes of jumping rope burns up to 250 calories?! This is almost double the calories of jogging and is one-fifth the impact of running. Also, it will make your calves look great!

Big Breaths…101:
Don’t forget to breathe! Breathing is the most important thing we do, especially during exercise. Yet, we all tend to hold our breath when exercising becomes more difficult.

Breathing is a very important function for optimum performance. In order for your muscles to function properly, they need oxygen and blood. Forgetting to breathe properly and holding your breath prevents your muscles from having adequate amounts of oxygen. It also creates dysfunction in the kinetic chain and will weaken your muscles during exercise.

How it works
The oxygen you breathe in helps metabolize glucose to create a high energy molecule calledĀ ATP. Improper breathing during exercise will reduce the amount of ATP that is created and causes lactic acid build-up and muscle fatigue.

While working out, you should inhale through the eccentric contraction (lengthening of the muscle) and exhale through the concentric contraction (shortening of the muscle). For example, during a chest press, you should exhale when pressing the weight and inhale when lowering the weight. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

Most importantly, do not hold your breath.