3 Ways to Wind Down After a Tough Workout
By Genevieve Cunningham
Getting in a good sweat-inducing workout feels so good. Your muscles ache, your lungs are taxed, and you really feel as though you gave it your all. Sometimes you give it so much, you feel weak afterward. So what do you do if this happens? What do you do to prevent soreness and help the body wind down? If you need to know how to calm down your body and mind after a tough workout, take a look at these tips.
Go for a Walk
A walk is just relaxing enough to calm down the body and allow it time to adjust. You can walk at your own pace as the heart rate slows down and the muscles relax. It’s an excellent post workout transition that is easy on the body and enjoyable. If you're using this as a way to wind down, don't hop on the treadmill. Instead, walk outside, down a trail, across a field. Cover some distance and scenery to allow your brain to unwind, too.
Stretching is almost always a good idea. The more flexible the body, the less likely you are to experience injury. Stretching can also help prevent post workout tension and soreness. Many even find that a post workout stretch feels good to both the body and mind. Get a good deep stretch and feel strong and relaxed when the workout is over.
Use a Foam Roller
A foam roller is such an easy and effective tool to have on hand. It's great for working out soreness and loosening the muscles. You can use this tool before your workout to prep the muscles … and then again after to work out any built-up tension. You simply place it under a muscle, apply pressure by laying or sitting on it, and roll. It's simple. The act of using a foam roller often feels relaxing and soothing to the muscle groups. It's a great investment, and a tool that is definitely worth keeping on deck.
If you're going to work out hard, be prepared to wind down appropriately when you're done. This helps create a more successful routine and protects your body at the same time. Use these tips to help you out, and keep your body safe, comfortable, and healthy.
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