Working out can have so many benefits for your body, but it also can be time consuming. And, while you may be tempted to skip your cool down to save time, we never recommend it. Because the weather is getting warmer, going through a cool down routine is even more important. So, here are a few hot weather cool down exercises for you to try!
The Benefits of a Cool Down
Warm ups are important to prepare your body and prevent injuries, but cool downs are important for helping return your body to resting rate. They are designed to slow down your heart rate and reduce your body temperature to ensure that your closer to your resting state. These are important because it can help prevent dizziness, fainting, and help your muscles relax after hard work.
Take A Walk
You want to make sure that you keep the blood flowing, but you’re not exhausting yourself. So, try to slow down, walk around a little and shake out your arms as well if they need it. This is one of the most effective cool down exercises.
This may sound fancy, but it’s not to hard to preform. Just preform exercises similar to the ones you were just preforming, but at a slower pace and with less resistance. This keeps your muscles moving, but allows them to slowly reset, and your heart rate will slow slightly as well.
Yoga or Stretching
There is nothing I enjoy as much as the feeling of stretching out a muscle group I just worked on. You may find yourself more flexible than before your workout, but be careful not to pull to hard and hurt yourself. You can also try a foam roller or a tennis ball, which can help massage muscles and let them relax a little more, while improving circulation.
No matter what you do, remember that cool downs should be at least a few minutes, but are important for helping return your body to normal after it has been stressed. After take time to refuel your body, and rest.
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