4 Ways to Cool Down Kelly Lo July 4, 2014 Be Fit So you’ve done your cardio, you’ve lifted weights, and you’ve completed your whole routine, what now? Well, you’re not done just yet. Cooling down after a hard workout is just as important as the workout itself! Here are four ways to get your heart from pumping hard to hardly pumping. 1. Do Some Stretches A good workout needs a good stretch session. Squeeze out the tension in your tired muscles with a nice and easy yoga routine to ensure you won’t be too sore tomorrow. Stretch out each part of your body for 5-10 minutes for better circulation. 2. Take an Ice Bath/Cold Shower Photo taken by Weskriesel Cold showers have shown to relieve tension and increase blood flow to the muscles. If you’re not a fan of cold showers, take a quick dip in an ice bath! A cold press against your most sore spots also helps. 3. Drink a Protein Shake/Smoothie Photo taken by Kirk Fuson. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking a protein shake is always a good way to finish off your workout. In addition to being a refreshing beverage, a protein shake will charge your tired and hungry muscles with protein. It’s an effective way to get the nutrition you need at a time where your body is most receptive. For protein powder, we recommend Isopure and Trutein which are both whey protein powders. 4. Get a Massage Photo taken by Nick Webb. You’ve just spent an hour or two getting your blood pumping and now it’s time to decompress. There’s a lot of debate about whether massages are actually effective in reducing swelling and muscle damage but one thing is for sure, massages are a great way to relax! Massages relieve muscle tension and are a great way to wind down physically and mentally. Despite there being some contention about whether or not cooling down is beneficial, having a cool down routine allows both your body and mind time for relaxation and introspection.