Pilates Cool-Down Exercises

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After any workout in Pilates, cool-down exercises help reduce muscle strain and limit the potential for injury. Keep your muscles at peak power with help from a certified Pilates instructor in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of the Perfect 10 Workout. And, when you're at the end of your Pilates workout, you got to have a special cool down, something that really makes you feel good. It's a great way to know that your exercise is over, and you can feel really good, and maybe go take a bath or something. Well, let's roll down, and relax. Laying one side of your face on the mat, relax your shoulders, arms by your sides. And, get nice and limp, like you're going to sleep. Really let go of all tension in your body, breathing deep into your body. Then, lit you head, and put the other side of your face down. After you've done that, bring your hands under your shoulders, and lift up, elbows slightly bent, tuck in, then chin up. Breathe, don't hold your breath. Just stretch, open your ribcage. Then, roll back down. Lift up onto your knees, and bring your - you can bring your knees in like I just did, and slide your buttocks back to you heels, bringing your forehead to the floor. Round out in Child's Pose, and relax. Stretch that lower back by relaxing, and releasing, and breathing into your body. You can bring the side of your face also, this is a nice neck stretch. Relax your shoulders, let your arms go limp. And then, you would do it to the other side as well. Breathe deeply. Hear yourself breathing. Relax into your body, slowly rolling up. And, you can reach your hands forward, flex your feet, sit on your heels, stretch out your toes. Bring the tops of your feet back down, lift up your knees, stretch out your feet. Inhale, exhale. And, that is a wonderful way to cool down your Pilates workout. I'm Amy Newman, thanks for joining me.

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