Tips for Cooling Down after Softball
Softball is a great sport for staying active, getting in some good cardio and enjoying the outdoors. However, as with most physical exertion, there's always a chance that you could injure yourself - especially if you're not taking the time to cool down properly after. Follow this guide to make sure you're including the right exercises and stretches after a fun game of softball.
Take a Lap
As soon as the game ends, you might be tempted to just pack the car and head home to take a rest, but try to resist the urge. Gradually lower your heart rate back down to normal by taking a slow walk around the softball diamond. If you're not in a rush to get home, increase it to two or three laps and enjoy the beautiful summer day that much longer.
Stretch Your Arms
All of that swinging and throwing may not hurt while you're going through the motions, but you could feel some soreness during the following days. Try to reduce that discomfort by stretching your arms properly after your workout. Extend your right arm across your chest and hold it there with your left hand. You should feel a gentle pull in the area of your arm that you used during the game. Hold for a count of 10, and repeat on the opposite side.
Don't Forget Your Legs
Even if you don't think you used your leg muscles much during the game, chances are that they were being worked more than you realized. Gently stretch your quads and practice your balance at the same time by shifting your weight to your left foot. Lift your right foot behind you and pull it to the back of your thigh so you feel a slight tug in your right quad. It may help to focus on a point on the ground so you're not hobbling around while you stretch. Hold for a count of 10 and repeat on the opposite foot.
Massage Your Muscles
Following your game, you might want to massage your muscles to loosen them up and relax you. Put both hands on your right quad and, using light pressure, make circular motions with your thumbs. The pressure will get the blood flowing and relax the areas you used most during the game.