After a tough cardio session, taking the time for a cooldown helps regulate blood flow, prevent injury, and improve flexibility. Take a few minutes to move through these stretches and give a little love to your tired muscles.
Stretch out tight IT bands with a quick cross-legged stretch:
- Bend in half at the waist and hang over, and cross your left foot behind your right, pressing your left big toe down into the floor.
- Twist your upper body to the left, and hold onto your right leg. You should feel a gentle pull on the outside of your right leg. Hold the stretch for a minute.
- Uncross your legs, and switch legs to stretch the other side.
Kneeling Quad Stretch
You’ll mostly reap the benefits in your chest and shoulders, but this move also releases tension in your hamstrings and lower back:
- Begin standing with your feet hip-distance apart. Bring your arms behind you, and interlace your fingers right below your sacrum (back of your pelvis). Actively pull your hands away from your shoulders to increase the stretch in your chest.
- From here, lean your chest forward and lift your hands up overhead as you fold your torso toward your thighs. If you’re only concerned with feeling this stretch in your chest and shoulders, then keep your knees bent. To bring this stretch into your hamstrings and lower back, straighten your legs.
- Stay like this for at least 30 seconds, and when you’re ready to come out, actively press into your feet, engage your thighs, and slowly lift your torso back up to a standing position. Perform again for another 30 seconds.Read Full….
Original Article : The Post-Workout Stretches to Perform After Cardio
By: LIZZIE FUHR