Q: Exercise — First Wives World blogger Faith Eggers asks: I've heard that there's a right and wrong way to breathe while working out. Is this true? If so, what is it?
A: Breathing is very important during exercise especially if you're lifting weights. The best way to remember proper breathing is to exhale on the effort. So if you're doing a bicep curl, you want to blow out your air when the weights are coming up towards your shoulder. Then inhale as you return to the starting position. Most people hold their breath during strength training and this can make you feel dizzy and sometimes a little light headed. This is because holding your breath on an exertion raises the blood pressure. For cardio exercise, breathing will become very rhythmic with your movements, breathing in and out with each step.