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Workout Cooldown

 

Once you have finished your cardio program or weight training your muscles are exhausted. In spite of this it is extremely important to stretch out your muscles and bring your heart rate and breathing back into synch for normal activity.

Whilst the body is still warm or hot, the muscles are easy to stretch and the mind is deeply relaxed due the surge of hormones the exercise activates.

So now is a perfect time for a bit of deep relaxation including deep breathing in your stretching routine. This really helps to increase the oxygen to the muscles and rid the muscles of toxins.

Exercise must work both the body and the mind. This is the principle behind such fitness workouts as yoga and pilates.

The Perfect Post Workout Cooldown

After you finish your workout, before you do your normal streteches and cool down to get your heart rate back to normal, try this deep relaxation routine:

  1. Lie down on your back
  2. Let your whole body relax as though it is sinking into the floor
  3. Breathe in very slowly - while counting to 7 slowly
  4. Breathe out slowly – counting back down to 1
  5. Repeat the breath cycles 5 times
  6. Now begin your stretches using the same breathing technique
  7. Hold each stretch for 2 or 3 breath cycles. With each out breath you should find yourself being able to stretch just that little bit more – but be careful not to overdo it. No more than 80% max stretch to prevent injury

Now both your body and mind feel terrific

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