Not sure of what a cool down is? Think you have to do a special regimen or have special equipment? Well, think again. Cooling down couldn't be easier. All you have to do is find a few minutes and a quiet space.
Turn the speed down if you are already on aerobic exercise equipment such as an eliptical trainer, bike or stairs. Take slower and more exaggerated strides to give the muscles a chance to stretch and cool down.
Take several slow sips of water during the transition from exercising heavily to ending your session. Make your moves slower and more gradually.
Take your towel and wipe away any sweat from your forehead. Perform a little light stretching if time allows. Pull your arms behind your back and rotate your neck and shoulders as well. For the legs, stand on one foot and grab the other for about 30 seconds, slowly. Do some squats and slow lunges.
Pick up your heels as you lunge or step back to give your calves special treatment. You should feel a nice stretch. Ideally, you should have some sort of grab bar you can further stretch your legs with and work on balance and flexibility.
Consider holding some yoga poses for cool down. These are amazing stretches. Poses such as monkey, down dog, lunges and child's pose (for the back) are all superb and will offer strength for your next workout.
Eat a banana if possible and stay hydrated, especially right after your workout. Avoid salty or high fat foods.