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Cool down definition

A period of time at the end of an exercise session when you continue the same exercise, but at a lower intensity.

The purpose of a cool down is to allow your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature to gradually decrease and return to a pre-exercise state.

A cool down is generally recommended to be between five and ten minutes. A longer period of time is recommended if you are new to exercise or just getting back into an exercise program, if you plan to exercise at a higher intensity than usual or if you are 65 years of age and older.

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