Remember to cool down with stretches after doing leg exercises. Discover workout tips to strengthen and tone your legs in this free training video.
Hello, my name is Kyle Brayer. Now that you've finished your in-home leg workout, you need to make sure that you cool your body down properly. This means bringing that heart rate from that elevated position back down to your normal resting position. A nice brisk walk outside or a walk on a treadmill will do just that, and then when you come back in, you'd like to stretch your hamstrings, your quads and your glutes, which were the major muscle groups that you were using. Karie's going to start here like this. She's going to spread her legs out at about a 45 on either side. She's going to put her hands out in front of her and she's just going to slowly reach forward, stretching those hamstrings. And as all our stretches are performed for a minimum of 30 seconds, breathing in and out of the stretch, so as she breathes in, she holds, and as she exhales she's going to slightly move forward. Once she feels a nice tension on her hamstring she's going to pause, and then come back up. Another good stretch is she'll pull both her legs together and she's just going to reach down and lean forward on those legs. This is called the butterfly stretch. This really works the hip flexors and inside the groin. Next she'll come up and she's going to put both legs straight out in front of her, just reach down toward her toes, keeping those knees locked out, and then we'll stand up. Her last stretch -again, we're performing each one of these stretches for a minimum of 30 seconds- she's going to hold on just for balance onto the chair, and she's going to pick that leg up and go ahead and do that quad stretch, keeping the kneecaps close together. This is working the front of the leg. That'll finish with your cool down and stretching.