I find that only a small number of people actually do warm-ups before exercising -- but even fewer are committed to a regular cooldown routine. Cooling down is just as important as warming up, and can greatly affect your overall athletic performance.
A cooldown routine provides your body with a smooth transition from exercise back to a state of rest because it reduces your heart and breathing rates, which helps reduce blood pooling and dizziness. Not only does this help you to feel better after an intense workout, but it also aids in muscle soreness, recovery, and injury prevention by improving flexibility. Warm muscles stretch much more easily, and that stretching helps to prevent injury, both in the short and long term.
A cooldown routine should only take 10 minutes or so and should include things like slow walking and static stretching, focusing on both the muscle groups you did work out, as well as the ones you didn’t. When you feel your heart rate has returned back to its resting rate and your breathing has returned to normal, your cooldown has most likely been sufficient.
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