The Cool Down
How do you finish your work out?
We ask this question because there is one important little step which is often left out of many exercise routines: the cool-down. You have worked hard and earned the endorphin boost that is surging through your body and now you are ready to hit the shower and get on with your day. But consider taking a few extra minutes to gently stretch the body and practice deep breathing, to make the transition back to normal life extra smooth! Cooling down is low-key and it feels great: it’s all about lowering your heart rate and treating any regions that may have incurred even slight stress during the exercise (think: lower back; shoulders).
Try Child’s Pose
Child’s Pose is a basic yoga move that has wide ranging benefits. In the wake of a work out in can be used to release tension in the back, stretch the hips, thighs and ankles and lower the heart rate. This is a resting pose that encourages you to relax and focus on releasing tension while breathing deeply.
- Start on hands and knees
- Spread knees as wide as hips; keep big toes touching
- Sit on your heels
- Exhale; lay torso down between thighs
- Lay hands, palm up, beside the torso and feel tension release from shoulders
- Rest and breathe deeply between 30 seconds and three minutes
Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center helps you optimize every work out.
From the warm-up to the cool-down and everything in between, we believe passionately in the importance of exercise and we want to make sure that your body is firing optimally while you perform. Our services help you by regulating the nervous system, improving range of motion and treating tense muscles, all factors that help you excel in working out and in life! Give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.