The Best Cool Down Exercises And Stretches To Do After A Workout

Do you know how to cool down after a workout, or why it’s so crucial? Our catchy blog will help guide you through stretching after a workout and cooling down properly, as well as understanding why it’s so important.   No matter how athletic you are, there’s one piece of workout advice you’ve likely heard over and over again: never exercise without proper warming up! This is, of course, something you should remember whenever you hit the gym. However, as crucial as your warm-up may be, it’s not the only important element to consider outside of your actual workout.    It’s essential to complete some cool-down stretches after your workout if you want to avoid injury or muscle tension.  

Why Is It Important To Cool Down After Exercise?

  Imagine spending all evening working on a hard project. When you finish, you probably won’t be able to fall asleep right away. Rather, you’ll wind down, whether that’s with a bite to eat, a glass of wine, an episode of your favorite show, or a chat with a loved one—just something to help you relax after work. Otherwise, you might find yourself too amped up to fall asleep!  

Is There A Cool Down Workout You Recommend?

We recommend spending about 10 minutes on your cool down, though if you’re in a time crunch, three will do. Some of our top picks for cool-down stretches and activities are:   Knee-To-Chest Stretch Begin by lying flat on your back on a mat. You can bend your knees or extend them, depending on what is comfortable for you.    Bring one knee up to your chest and grab it with both hands, keeping it there for a minute. Return to your starting position and then repeat with the other leg.   

Walk Or Jog

A very light jog or walk can be a perfect way to cool down naturally. You can gently jog in place, or move around the room at a reasonable pace.   

Intense Dorsal Stretch

This popular yoga pose is a great way to help your body wind down after a workout. To perform the intense dorsal stretch, sit on a mat and stretch your legs out in front of you. Bring your arms up, move forwards at your hips, and grab your feet or legs, or place your hands on the floor. Hold this position for at least a minute, and don’t forget to focus on your breath!  

Child’s Pose

Even if you’ve never set foot in a yoga class, you’ve likely heard of a child’s pose. It’s a comfortable, relaxing stretch, so we love it for a cool down.    To do this stretch, start in a stable posture and lean back until you’re sitting on your heels. Stretch your arms forward and bring your chest towards your legs; ideally, it will rest on your thighs. Bring your forehead to the mat and hold this pose for at least a minute. Breathe deeply the whole time.  

The Reclining Butterfly

Even butterflies need to relax sometimes, and this pose will help make sure you do it properly. To perform the reclining butterfly pose, begin by laying flat on your back. Bring your feet together, sole to sole, and stretch your knees out to each side.    You can rest your arms at your sides or stretch them over your head, whichever is more comfortable. You can stay in this pose for 2-5 minutes.  

A Shakedown

If you’ve spent the afternoon playing sports, riding bikes, or hiking with your kids, suggest a shakedown as a fun and easy cooldown. It’ll get them into the habit of cooling down after a workout without making it seem like a chore.    Jiggle each of your arms one at a time to do a shakedown. After that, give them a good shake. Then, using your legs, perform the same pattern. Shake your hips, head, and body as a whole. Then, for 15 seconds, mix everything. At DESERT METRO FIT, we know what an important space the gym is for athletes of all kinds. We have made it our mission to go beyond the regular gym experience.  Here, we consider each of your athletic needs unique and valid. So, whether you choose to get your exercise in by joining one of our classes, riding solo at our lovely facility, working with a coach, or even bringing your whole sports team in for a session, we’re here to support you.

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