It's time to cool down or the last 10-20 minutes of your workout. A cool down allows your heart rate and breathing to return to normal and can help with:
1. Help you stretch your limbs, muscles and joints further than it normally would, giving you a better stretch
2. Can prevent dizziness
3. Improves flexibility
Cooling downs are a great way to become more flexible; post workout, your muscles are warmed up and are able to stretch further and longer. A great way to start your cool down is by walking, until your heart rate has decreased. Then you want to go into your stretches, holding each stretch for 10-30 seconds. Check out my cool down routine below!
First you want to stretch out your arms. I like to bring them up and over my head leaning back for about 20 seconds
Next, I continue to stretch my arms by bringing both my arms up and bend one grabbing the other elbow. Hold each pose for 30 second
Next, I like to stretch backwards, before bending over and reaching your toes. Hold for 20 seconds. (Reach as Far down as you can)
Now it's time to plank. Crawl yourself forward and go straight into a plank keeping your back straight. Hold this for 30 sec.
Now You want to go into cobra and downward dog. These are 2 yoga poses that are great for stretching the front and back of your body. Hold each for 30 sec.
Take one step forward and stretch your leg. Hold this pose for 30 seconds
Now extend that leg and touch your toes for 30 seconds.
Repeat everything on the other leg, holding each position for 30 seconds
The final pose is another arm stretch on your knees. Bend both arms on your back, grabbing one elbow while reaching opposite hand up your back. Hold for 30 seconds and repear on other arm.
This concludes my cool down routine. As I move into the new year, I am so excited to be doing more yoga and having a yoga routine as well!
Don't forget to check out my Warm Up routine here!