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

Lani vatsanax 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

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.

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.

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.

About The Author

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A Hong Kong-native with a penchant for good food and drinks, Kelly Lo has always had a love-hate relationship with fitness. In the past, Kelly has backpacked across a good portion of the Nakasendō trail, gone mountain-biking in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Australia. Now she dabbles in yoga and kickboxing in her new home, New York City. Kelly enjoys writing about her experiences, as well as promoting the Fitness Luxe mission of health and happiness.