Chillin’ Out

Cooling down after a workout is so tempting to blow off.

We’ve all got places to go, things to do, so what have you got to lose by skating off to whatever is next?

Plenty, it turns out.

Gentle stretching with warm muscles is not only a great way to stay injury-free, but it also returns your muscles to optimal length-tension ratios ... i.e., everything goes back to where it should be.

The cool down portion of a Modus workout was designed to help all of the hardest working leg, hip, and core muscles elongate and resettle.

Because flexibility is lost as we age, regular stretching after a workout is a no-brainer.

Other things to know as you cool down:
• Stretch every major muscle group after a workout.
• Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, consciously breathing.
• Stretching should never be painful.

Benefits for you include:
• Reducing heart and breathing rates.
• Gradually cooling body temperature,
• Reducing dizziness or possible fainting risks.

No matter what your choice is for getting your heart rate up – running, hiking, biking or slam-dancing – take a moment or two to get those muscles back to where they belong.

For those of us intent on moving and grooving decades from now, consider today’s cool down your personal ground zero for tomorrow’s mobility.

–Megan