Top 5 reasons to cool down

Top 5 reasons to cool down

Gradually decrease your heart rate and breathing and prevent dizziness.

1. Gradually decrease heart rate

Your heart rate and blood pressure can decrease gradually and safely to its
pre-exercise state.

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2. Gradually decrease breathing

Your breathing can decrease gradually and back to a normal rate.

3. Return to normal circulation

Your body has time to send blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) away from areas that needed it during exercise and back to your heart and the rest of your body.

4. Reduce chance of dizziness

Without a proper cool down and a return to normal circulation, you may feel dizzy, lightheaded, and/or nauseous.

5. Remove waste

Waste products produced during exercise are removed from the muscles which may help prevent or decrease soreness.

In general, a cool down allows your body to gradually and safely return to its pre-exercise state.

Follow your cool down with stretching.
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It’s also important to re-hydrate after exercise.
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