Breathe-easy exercises

Breathing happens automatically so you don’t need to think about it. But if you do, you can unlock stores of energy and unload stress 24/7 – plus be stronger, speedier and more centred during your workouts.

Try to do these breathing drills 3–4 times a week to make sure your diaphragm is flexing its muscle:



  • Start on all fours.
  • Exhale forcefully through pursed lips as you scoop your belly in without moving your back.
  • Inhale as you allow your belly to fall towards the floor.
  • That is 1 rep. Repeat for 30 seconds.



  • Stay on all fours.
  • Round your back and scoop your pelvis.
  • Shift weight forwards so nose is over fingertips. Keep hips square as you lift your left hand off the floor.
  • Hold this position while you take 4 or 5 deep breaths. Lower left hand.
  • Switch sides and repeat. That is 1 rep. Repeat 4 reps.



  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and wrap a light resistance band around your rib cage, holding ends tightly in each hand.
  • Inhale, trying to expand the band.
  • Exhale.
  • That is 1 rep. Do 2 or 3 sets of 5–8 reps.