What Are The Best Cool Down Exercises?

Cool down exercises are an important - but often overlooked - part of your workout. To help you cool down effectively, find out how to do it properly in the video below.

You can find the transcript of the video at the end of the page if you need it.

There are a few tips you should know when you do stretches. Take a couple of minutes to have a look at How To Do Your Muscle Stretches Correctly.

Now, here are the stretches for each main muscle you may have worked on in your workout.

Ab Stretches

Back Of The Thigh (Hamstring) Stretches

Back Stretches

Buttocks (Glute) Stretches

Calf Stretches

Chest Stretches

Forearm Stretches

Front Thigh (Quad) Stretches

Hip Flexor Stretches

Inner Thigh Stretches

Lower Back Stretches

Oblique Stretches

Shoulder Stretches

Stretches For Upper Back

Upper Arm Stretches

Cool off exercises can help relieve post-workout muscle soreness and prevent injury. They also help you avoid possible fainting and dizziness which you might experience if you stop your workout suddenly.

Also, cooling down can be an enjoyable experience. It helps you wind down both physically and emotionally after a hard workout.

Slides Video Transcript

  1. There are two main purposes of cool down exercise …(1) To bring your heart rate down gradually. It's a bit like when you're going to stop your car, you have to slow down gradually. You shouldn't stop suddenly when you're driving at high speed. (2) To relax your muscles back to their resting state.
  2. So, what are the best cool down exercises?
  3. There are two steps involved in cooling down … (1) Do some lower intensity movements until your heart rate is back to normal. e.g. light jogging, marching in place or even a scaled-down version of your workout. (2) Stretch the muscles you've been working on to relax them back to their resting length.
  4. If you don't know how to stretch your muscles, click on the links below.
  5. Each link will take you to a separate page, where you'll see stretching instructions and a video to help you do your stretching correctly.
  6. Thank you for watching.

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