Our expert says:
Hi Sporty Spice
The main reason is that your blood pressure increases during weight lifting, and breathing acts as a ‘release’ so that this does not rise too high. Holding your breah is produces what is known as the Valsalva manoeuvre, and it’s quite high risk for stroke in people with high blood pressure. That’s why slow controlled breathing as you exert the force is the recommended way to breathe.
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