One of the first lessons you should learn on your fitness journey is the importance of a good warm-up. However, what is almost equally important is taking the time to give your body a proper cool-down after an intense workout. A good cool-down should bring your heart rate, body temperature and breathing rate back down to normal as you stretch and look after the muscles you’ve just hit.
The Cool Down
Cooling down basically allows your body to actively return all systems to their normal state. A sudden stop in exercising can cause blood pooling or a build-up of lactic acid and cramping. So, save yourself the pain and nuisance of it for later, and look after your body post-workout.
Stretch It Out
A good cool-down will take around 5-10 minutes of lower intensity exercise, followed by stretching. Pay close attention to stretching out the muscles that you have just targeted in your workout. This is the time for static stretching. There has been a lot of recent research into the issues associated with static stretching before a workout, but after you have trained then static stretching is hugely beneficial.
If you have the time and inclination, it can help to do a yoga flow or some yoga poses. Doing yoga will also help tone your muscles and is a nice follow up to a strength routine. Make the most of your muscles being warm and ready to increase your flexibility.…