How to cool down after a workout
Thursday, 11 March · 1 min read

Did you know that cooling down after a workout is just as important as warming up?

When you exercise, your heart rate and blood pressure increase. Suddenly stopping can cause dizziness, lightheadedness and may even cause you to faint.

Doing a proper cool down can help prevent this, plus it can increase blood flow to the muscles, reducing post-workout muscle aches.

Louisa Drake, personal trainer and founder and creator of fitness approach, The Louisa Drake Method, recommends the following cool-down routines after exercise:

After a run:

  • 5 to 10 minutes of easy jogging will help keep you injury-free
  • 5 to 10 minutes of stretching helps to reduce any tension in the hips, legs, glutes, feet and calves
  • 5 to 10 minutes lying on your back with your legs raised against a wall boosts circulation and stretches the legs

After bodyweight training:

  • 5 to 10 minutes of standing and mat-based stretches, such as downward dog, help maintain a healthy range of movement

After a HIIT workout:

  • 5 to 10 minutes of stretching focusing on the areas you worked the hardest
  • 5 to 10 minutes of low-intensity jogging to help cool down the muscles
Quick Quiz
Stretching after a workout can help prevent injuries. True or false?