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The Best Cool Down Songs for Workouts

Updated on October 9, 2015

Here are the top 10 best cool down songs for workouts. All of these songs can be found in mp3 format on iTunes or Amazon.com. There is a great variety of music genres on this list -- pop, country, classical, and soul -- a combination of songs from the 1970s to the present day. The songs are perfect for cool-downs from walking, running, or jogging outside, or from safe treadmill exercise.

These songs are good for those who like to have music rhythms guide them from the harder part of their workout to the more relaxing stage. As you slow down your pace, these songs will help your heartbeat start to come back down to normal.

Exercise cool down songs should be slower in pace than the songs you listen to for the aerobic part of your workout. Listen to a sample of any of these songs on iTunes or Amazon to make sure it suits the pace you want to achieve in your cool down.

My Personal Favorite Cool-down Song

Promises is a pop lullaby-style song by the electronica group Andain. The song was nominated for Best Chillout Lounge Track and Best Trance Track at the International Dance Music Awards in 2012.

Promises brings you back to a relaxing, refreshed frame of mind with its ocean wave background and lead singer Mavie Marcos' cascading feminine voice.

Promises is available as a single, or as part of the album You Once Told Me. Most of the songs on the album are fast-paced electronica. I have the mp3 version, and use the songs for a full walking workout, including a cool-down with the song Promises.

The Best Cool Down Songs for Workouts

Song Title
Duration (Minutes) and Pace
Artist
Album
When You Say Nothing at All
4:21
Alison Krauss
Now That I've Found You - A Collection.
Promises (Radio Edit)
4:32
Andain
Promises
Pictures of You
7:26
The Cure
Starter for 10 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Remastered]
Lullabye
4:00
Concrete Blonde
Bloodletting
Mille Lune Mille Onde
4:00
Andrea Bocelli
The Best of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (Bonus Track Version)
Yesterday Once More
3:58
Carpenters
Carpenters Gold (35th Anniversary Edition)
Do I Have to Say the Words?
6:11
Bryan Adams
So Far So Good
Englishman in New York
4:26
Sting
The Very Best of Sting & The Police
By Your Side
4:35
Sade
Lovers
In the Flesh
2:32
Blondie
The Best of Blondie

Sade: By Your Side -- Ideal Song for Workout Cool Down

Andain: Promises -- Ideal Song for Workout Cool Down

Why Cooling Down is So Important

Many people skip the cool down because they believe exercise is only about the hard part -- burning calories for weight control. But here is why you should make the cool down a priority in your exercise routine:

  • It reduces the risk of cramping from muscles that were shocked into rigorous activity and not allowed to come back to a normal state after impact.

  • It gives you something to look forward to at the end of your workout --going back to a state of relaxation.

How to Cool Down With These Tunes

  • Your cool down can be as short or as long as you need. Most people cool down for five to ten minutes.
  • Do what the music moves you to do. Whether that is taking slower steps or taking deep breaths. Just remember you are trying to bring your heart rate down.
  • If you are cooling down by walking outside or on a treadmill, your cool down pace should be gradually reduced from 2.5 MPH to .5 MPH.
  • Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.

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