The Pumpkin Cooldown!
Remember never to stretch cold muscles. This cooldown is also a nice way to finish your walk or workout. Hold each stretch for 7 to 10 seconds, repeating 3 to 4 times.
P is for pressing your palms up overhead with your fingers interlaced.
U is for upper-back stretch. With fingers interlaced, push your palms forward while dropping your chin toward your chest. Gently spread shoulder blades apart as you push palms forward.
M is for making gentle arms circles. Make 10 forward circles followed by 10 backward circles.
P is for pulling a resistance band* apart with your arms out in front of you, palms to the ceiling at shoulder-height.
K is for gently hugging your right knee while you’re seated. Keep your left foot planted on the ground while you perform a few hip circles, if it feels okay. Switch sides and repeat.
I is for taking a deep inhale while you release your hands to your sides with your palms forward. Close your eyes and take a full deep breath in through your nose and an open-mouth breath out.
N is for gentle neck stretches. Sit up straight with your shoulders down and back and palms resting on your thighs. Slowly and gently bring your right ear toward your right shoulder, feeling a stretch along the left side of your neck. Switch sides and repeat.
*The information presented is educational and may not suit an individual’s particular health situation. Always check with a licensed healthcare professional before beginning a new exercise program.