Cool Down Exercises

Why is It Necessary to Do Cool Down Exercises after a Workout

Cool Down Exercises
Cool Down Exercises

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The body can do amazing things; athletes are a testimony to this. They can jump higher, run faster and are overall more powerful than other people. Hard work is the key to this success, and they work every day for it. After the workout is complete, the body needs to cool down in a safe manner. Performing cool down exercises ensure that the athlete’s body will not suffer from damage. Your body needs to transition from the working hard stance into a resting position.

In other ways, when someone performs workout or do any physical activity that results in a change in body features such as cardiac output needs to become down at the same position where it is previously started. It suggests that everyone who engages in any physical activity must cool down at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Importance of Cool Down Exercises for Every Athlete

After the workout is complete, the body needs to cool down in a safe manner. These type of exercises will ensure that the athlete’s body will not suffer from damage. Your body needs to transition from the working hard stance into a resting position.

Cooling down will reduce the dizziness caused by the blood in your lower extremities, it will also help with the strain on your heart muscle as it will revert to its normal functioning.

Athletes get to enjoy the good feeling that emerges after taking a hard jogging followed by a pleasant walk.

It is well known that cooling down exercises are light and do not pose any threat to the body. No exercise meant to alleviate the strain of a hard workout will make you sweat.

People those involve in high-intensity exercise can’t skip cool down session because high-intensity exercise contains an anaerobic feature. Anaerobic feature results in lactic acid accumulation in the blood stream and muscles.

Cool Down Preferences

The question is which is the best activity for cool down purpose? Simple, choose light aerobic activity will aid to remove lactic acid. Sometimes people feel muscle soreness once they lift heavy weights and cool down is best option to eliminate such muscle soreness.

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How do Muscles Behave during a Workout?

This scenario clears the picture why cool down is so necessary to muscles. Many pints of blood are distributed to the extremities during exercise. Average 15 to 20 percent of resting cardiac output goes to muscles, but one you are engaged yourself in any physical activity muscles receives 80 to 85 percent of resting cardiac output. This massive shift occurs by reducing blood flow to kidneys, liver stomach, and intestines. As a result, nausea occurs with the leg workout. You can go for stretches for cool down.

Cool Down Exercises after Workout

You can perform following cool down exercises to keep your body in a normal state.

The Power of Walking

There is no other exercise as beneficial as this one; just a simple walk will help you gain

your breath back by making sure the heart is lowering its rate. No power walks allowed; you are to stroll casually as you would do in the park with your dog.

Stretching

This one is another must for every cool down, as it mostly applies to runners, other types of workouts will benefit too. Try touching your toes and do not forget about your hamstrings as well. More complex stretches can be done, and although you are not stretching the body area you’ve been working out it will still do you good.

Arms 

That is right, do not forget about the arms and shoulders. Even runners before a race can be seen stretching the arms and you will benefit from an active cool down exercise. Cross your arms or stretch the back of your arms by placing your hand on your back.

Core Stretch

Get your core stretched by getting down on your arms and knees, arch your back like a cat and then bow down like the letter C. You will get help for your core and your back also.

Massage

I like this one as it does not require any work from the athlete. You will just have to stay still for approximately 15 minutes. This helps with the blood that is in your circulatory system and is no longer needed. A professional masseur will accomplish this; you will get to feel relaxed and reinvigorated.

No activities that put a visible strain on the body should be classified as cool down exercises. There are plenty of things you can do after you’ve finished a workout that can decompress the muscle activity and help you regain your calm and balance. Try to see what your body best endures, use the exercises you feel accustomed with, and come to you in a natural manner. If any pain arises, do not by any means continue the movement, try and switch to a different exercise or stretch and be aware of the signals your body is transmitting.

Above discussion shows that a cool-down session is an essential part of every workout program. So, why not make your body cool down after an intense workout?

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shumriaz shahid

I am certified Nutrition for Sports and Exercise, Pre- & Post-natal Nutrition, Childhood Nutrition from UK. I am also advanced personal trainer ( Level 4).

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