Breathing: Oxygen is the body’s fuel source during any kind of physical activity. It is important to breathe in a rhythmic pattern and synchronize your breathing with each exercise you perform. While performing any exercise, exhale during the exertion. For example, for push-ups, inhale as you lower to the floor, exhale as you press up. As you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles inward toward your spine. For sit-ups, inhale as you lower to the ground, exhale as the abdominal muscles are contracted to bring your body up. For running, develop a breathing pattern of inhaling for 3 steps and exhaling for 3 steps. This will prevent you from “panting.” This uncontrolled breathing only expends valuable energy and reduces performance. Remember, breathing is an involuntary action until you exercise, then it becomes a learned skill.