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Why proper breathing is so important...
by Carly Cummins
January 20, 2012

Ever since the very start of my fitness campaign the one thing that Golf Fitness Expert and C.H.E.K practitioner Scott Bryant has been emphasising with me is the importance of breathing. I've had to retrain my naturally poor breathing habits so that I learn to breathe in deeply into my belly rather than my chest.

Not only does this improve my overall health and well-being, it is incredibly important on the golf course. A golfer who can control their breathing is a lot more focussed and relaxed under pressure than someone whose breathing is erratic. Controlled breathing will also allow you to activate your core - the key muscles that run down the centre of the body and are responsible for the power in your golf swing.

There are two very simple breathing exercises you can practice every day to improve your own breathing technique. The first is designed to teach you to breathe in deeply into your belly rather than shallow into your chest. Simply breathe in and tie a piece of string just below your chest, now breathe out and try to get the air to fill your belly so that your belly button protrudes. The string around your chest should stay tight.

The second is a simple exercise you can practice in your golfing posture. Tilt forward from the hips and flex your knees so that you are in a good address position. Now practice breathing in deeply into your belly and then breathe out pulling your belly button in tight. Hold your belly button in tight and continue to breathe in and out slowly with control. This is the physical state you want to be in before hitting every golf shot, it will maximise your control and power as your core (centre of your body) is activated.

For more about Scott Bryant visit www.activebryantsystems.com or to book a free one-hour physical assessment with Scott contact him on: 07841 14478, email: scttbrynt@aol.com








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