Warm ups. Cool downs. Who has the time?! Well, with this 5 Min Cool Down Stretch the answer is…EVERYBODY! Plus, I can do this routine and I’m 8 months pregnant so…save your whining for tomorrow’s muscle soreness. 😉
Okay, you need a why because…“doesn’t your body do that naturally?”
YES. However, if you’ve been going beast mode (lifting heavy or running hard) and revved your body (heart, lungs, temp) up real good…and then just [STOP! Suddenly!] … Your blood pressure could plummet, you could get dizzy and your blood could pool in your lower extremities. Hello swelling, nausea, possible vomitting and headache. Gross.
PLUS – since your muscles are already warm and pliable from exercise, taking time to stretch during your cool down really helps you improve your flexibility and alleviate future muscle soreness.
So think of the cool down as a way to ease your body back to normal operating mode and squeeze some added benefits from your workout. Take 5 minutes to jog slow or at least walk it out and then do some stretches!
5 Min Cool Down Stretch
- Watch the video of pregnant me going through the movements.
- Save/Pin the download so you don’t forget.
- Know that you have no excuse not to do some kind of cool down.
5 Min Cool Down Stretch Download
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