How long should I cool down?

How long should I cool down?

Cool down for 5-10 minutes after exercise.

Aim for the higher end if you are:

  • Just starting an exercise program.
  • Just getting back into exercise.
  • Just exercised at a higher intensity than usual.
  • 65 years of age or older.

Be sure to rehydrate during and after exercise.
How much water should I drink during exercise?
How much water should I drink after exercise?

Follow your cool down with stretching.
Top 5 rules of stretching

Developing a warm-up and cool-down protocol by Wayne L. Wescott PhD
ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

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