Who doesn’t love a heart-pumping, sweat-dripping workout? The number of endorphins released when you push your body to the limit in an intense workout will leave you feeling energized for the entire day to come. However, once you’ve finished your workout, it’s essential to take 5-minutes to stretch and allow your heart rate and breathing rate to lower to a healthy post-workout rate. This will allow you to reap all the rewards of exercising.
When you take the time to stretch the muscles you just used during your workout, you’re kick-starting the body’s recovery process so that you can go hard and work out again tomorrow. Here are my top 10 favorite post-workout stretches. Pick out a few and give them a try!
As soon as you finish your workout, grab a quick sip of water and then dive into a child’s pose. Hold this position for 1-minute. Focus on slowing down your breathing and you’ll notice your heart rate will follow suit. As a bonus, this pose will help prepare your body for recovery so that you can move on with your day.