Cool Down

Workouts for your complexion as well as body

Cool down

A cool down eases your muscles back into a normal state and preventing the build-up of lactic acid, which can cause cramping and soreness. This is primarily done through static stretching. Hold each stretch for 10 - 12 seconds.


Keep skin fresh-looking and blemish-free by cleansing properly after you work out. If you're in a hurry, use a wipe to get rid of the bulk of the sweat and remember to thoroughly cleanse when you get home.

Exercise 1: Quadriceps stretch Read more

• Standing on one leg, bend the other at the knee as if reaching your heel towards your bottom.
• Grab your toes and pull the heel further in towards yourself.
• It's absolutely fine to hold on to a piece of furniture for support.

Exercise 2: Hamstring stretch Read more

• Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart and pointing slightly outwards.
• Simply drop your head and reach your nose towards your knee and your hands to your feet/ankles.
• Pull until you feel this stretch all along the back of your legs.

Exercise 3: Shoulder stretch Read more

• Standing with a neutral spine bring one arm across your body at shoulder height and place the back of the other hand just near the elbow of the outstretched arm and pull it in to your body.

Exercise 4: Tricep stretch Read more

• Stand with a neutral spine and bend your right arm, so that your hand goes over your head, and reaches down the centre of your spine.
• Use your left hand to further push your right elbow down until you feel the stretch.
• Repeat with your left arm.

Exercise 5: Hips Read more

• Adopt a kneeling 'proposal' like position and place hands either on leading knee, or on hips.
• Then, tilt the pelvis forward so as to stretch out the hip-flexor muscles in the leg behind.
• Alternate legs.

Exercise 6: Back Read more

• Sit on the floor with right knee pointing up towards the ceiling and left leg flat against the floor.
• The right foot planted outside of the left knee and left foot is on its side with the heel against your bottom.
• Sit up tall and using your right elbow, push against the inside of your right knee, exhale and begin twisting.
• Look in the direction of the twist and keep the left had firmly on the floor towards the centre of the spine.
• Inhale deeply and further the twist as you exhale.

Exercise 7: Back, abdomen and obliques Read more

• Come up onto your knees and reach one hand behind you and try to grab on to the opposite heel.
• Push your pelvis forward until you feel a stretch in your back, stomach and sides.
Anna Reich
Simple says… natural beauty comes from goodness