Two weeks ago I shared some simple tips to get you running, and last week it was how to dress when you’re running in super cold weather like now, this week, it’s all about cooling down and stretching. As good as it is to pump that adrenaline from your running, your body needs to cool down so that you can regulate your breathing and get your body back to normal.
If you’re a fast and long distance runner, the thing to do when cooling down is to jog slowly before you end your run. To help you with this, try listening to slower more mellow music. My playlist has some mellower tunes towards the end or I just switch to mellow tunes after my run to help me slow down.
If you’re not a fast paced or a long distance runner, then just walk. The trick is NOT TO STOP MOVING until your heart beat has regulated back to your “normal” state.
Stretching after your run is also important, to help release muscle tightness. Stretching is also part of the recovery process. Tools to make your best friends is a ^foam roller and a tennis ball. A friend of mine even recommend using a lacrosse ball. Then there’s also these ^therapy balls that can be used heated or cooled.
I mentioned in my first post the different ways to stretch with a foam roller and the same goes for after your run. Besides using the foam roller and ball, incorporate other stretches for your calves, quadriceps, and hamstrings as well.
And… that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll share with you a breathing technique that I am trying this week. I’ll let you know how that goes!
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