How to Cool Down After Exercising
An appropriate measure of cooling down regimen is a must after any workout to help your body to gradually march toward normalcy. Following are some essential steps eliciting how to cool down after any strenuous workouts.
Mitigating the intensity
Workout cool down proper begins by the time you start decreasing the intensity of your strenuous activity in a gradual way. For instance, in case of jogging lessening the intensity will constitute in the first place to reduce the pace of jogging to brisk walk and then progressively to just stroll until you feel your heart beat slowing down and a plummet also in the volume of perspiration.
A predominant part of the process of cooling down is attributed to stretching the already warmed-up muscles. There are numerous ways to stretch different muscles of your body.
- Stretching across legs
In this activity you are to lie flat on your back with legs raised in the air, toes pointing toward ceiling. Hold your calves and try to pull your legs, without bending, toward your chest to the point you start feeling the stretch to the bearable limit. Maintain the posture for quite some time and then release it for the other leg to undergo same procedure.
- Stretching your back
Having knelt forward without bending your legs, bring your hands to the level of your heels. Now try to pull your face upward. Breathe air out by straightening your buttocks upwards until you have attained the arched posture. Keep the posture for about ten seconds before release.
- Stretching at biceps
Pose yourself against a wall with your palms and elbows resting flat while your bust touching your palms at shoulders. Now, workout away from the wall and feel the building, stretch in your biceps.
- Stretching at triceps
Raise your arm above in the air and flex toward your back downward to the extent that your fingers touch your spine. Take hold of your bent elbow with your other hand and push back such that former hand touching the spine should move even deep down as much as you can tolerate. Stay in the posture until you count ten. After de-stretching repeat the same procedure for the other arm.
Be careful with the stretching exercises not to cross your tolerance level. If you overstress, you may either end up a muscle pull or prolonged pain in the joint. Besides at the moment your stretching activity is aiming at cooling not for any strenuous gain. Even during strenuous workouts care will have to be exercised if you are novice at stretching.
Refueling and recovery
You ought to drink mineral water or instant energy fluids at the termination of a heavy workout regimen. Cooling workouts attended by a fluid intake will speed your body to assume the normal state as you were before the workout with energy level restored. However, it is best to also drink water during episodes of heavy workout to keep yourself properly hydrated as after extensive perspiration.
Cooling through yogic meditation
Over the course of cooling activities, you may also incorporate yoga based meditation to soothe your tense nerves. If you properly follow cooling procedures, next time you will find yourself at an advantage while doing any routine physical activities.
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