This Week on Trail Tip Thursday…
Simply finishing your run does not mean your day is done yet! It’s safe to argue that the cooldown is more important to focus on than the run itself. Answer this question for yourself; would you go out on a run without performing any stretches, warm-up movements, or breaking a small sweat? If you do not currently have a warm-up protocol, I advise you to definitely begin creating one! Just like you should prepare your body with a warm-up, it is just as important to bring your body back to ‘normal’ by utilizing a cool-down.
If you do not currently have a warm-up protocol, I advise you to definitely begin creating one! Just like you should prepare your body with a warm-up, it is just as important to bring your body back to ‘normal’ by utilizing a cool-down.
If you are looking for an efficient way to plan to prepare the muscles and body for running, click this link to get in contact with me and let’s make it happen!
What is a Cool-Down
Usually, it is a combination of stretches and movements to begin the recovery process and let the body know the intense exercise part of training is over. From running (and exercise in general) a cool down can be very beneficial to…
- Release that ‘tense’ feeling from the muscles in your legs, hips, and shoulders
- Bring your heart rate back down to comfortable resting level efficiently
- Stretch and stimulate blood flow to your muscles to begin the recovery process
- Reflect on the hard work you just put in (seriously, it’s important to recognize the accomplishment you just had!)
I get it, after a run, hike, or anything physically exerting, for that matter, it is so easy to plop a seat down and melt into the couch as your way to relax and “cool down”. Although it might feel really comfortable, I can guarantee that taking just 5-10 minutes to legitimately cool your body down can…
- Improve future performance; faster pace/speed, more distance covered
- Eliminate nagging aches and soreness in your ankles, knees, hip, and shoulders
- Become more flexible and have better joint range of motion
- Decrease chance of injury/overuse
- Help make the sport more enjoyable 🙂
As a general rule of cooldowns, you want to target the parts of the body used.
Ankles, Calves, Thighs, Hips, and Shoulders (from all of the pumping)
Now since you took the time to read this, and before hitting the trails or pavement again, below is a video to bring some of those benefits I listed above into your training routine! (This is a yoga-centered approach to open up the hips, shoulders, glutes, and thighs. I highly recommend following along!)
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