The recovery phase is a crucial part of your workout routine. Don’t skip it!
You’ve done it! You’ve just ran your last step or grinded out your last rep. Workout done, right? WRONG!
Way too many of us often skip one of the most important parts of the workout routine – the cool-down.
“Cooling down” after a workout means performing lighter activity to bring your heart rate and body temperature back down to a “normal” level. This is crucial to preventing dizziness/fainting, removing waste products (i.e. lactic acid) that accumulate in your muscles during a workout, and reducing muscle soreness/stiffness.
Today I wanted to run you through my go-to 5 minute cool down stretching routine that I use to keep my muscles healthy and bring my heart rate down. Try it out after your next workout and experience the difference it makes in your own body! Here we go…
For this cool-down routine, we’ll run you through 7 of my favorite stretches that collectively will loosen up your entire body.
You will hold each position for 30 seconds; some exercises need to be repeated on both the left as well as right sides.
When performing stretching, I recommend you keep it to a mild-moderate intensity resulting in a very comfortable stretch.
If we were to make up a hypothetical “stretch scale” of 0-10… I want these to be in the 3-4/10 range.
1. Toe Touch Stretch – 30 seconds
2. Standing Quad Stretch – 30 seconds left, 30 seconds right
3. Overhead Triceps Stretch – 30 seconds left, 30 seconds right
4. Cross-Body Shoulder Stretch – 30 seconds left, 30 seconds right
5. Starting Blocks Calf Stretch – 30 seconds left, 30 seconds right
6. Inner Thigh Groin Stretch – 30 seconds
7. Child’s Pose Spine Stretch – 30 seconds
What did I leave off? What’s your “go-to” stretch for cooling down after a workout?
Looking to take your results to the next level but lacking the time to do so?
I’ve got the answer for you!
The “30 For 30 Workout Series” ebook!
30 Complete workouts you can do at home that take 30 minutes or less to complete!
CLICK HERE for more information
Make it happen,