The idea of a cool-down is to get the body back to an optimal resting state, basically to allow it to go from a state of exertion back to a resting state safely without shocking the body. You can benefit from a good cool-down by allowing the heart rate, body and core temperature and blood pressure levels to return to normal.
As you exercise, blood flow increases around your body and blood can pool in the legs causing light head or dizziness – so allow time for the blood flow to resume to normal.
Depending on your level of activity and how strenuous the activity was, your cool-down should be appropriate.
If you are doing a short home workout, but still raising the heart rate don’t stop suddenly. Instead spend some time walking around allowing the heart rate to slow down so that the the body can adapt.
You can also add in some stretching after your cool down, gently extending each muscle.
This will allow your body even more time to cool-down and help with flexibility.
Meanwhile, here are two more exercises to add to building your programme for legs and obliques.
* To hit legs: Start by standing in an upright position with your arms straight then take a step forward into a lunge, dropping your back knee towards the floor. Push off the front foot to return to start position and then alternate the legs.
* To hit obliques: Start by leaning on your side on your elbow and on the side of your foot with the opposite foot sitting on top. Keep your body straight and hold the position then dip your hip down towards the floor, before returning to the start position.
This week we are all about the cool-down after your workout, an often neglected aspect of a workout.