SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Cool Down?
A cool down is the act of gradually lowering body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate following exercise.
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Both beginners and experienced exercises can be guilty of a few fitness blunders from time to time. Some may even become a regular part of your fitness routine, much like a bad habit. But, to get the best results from all your hard work, it’s i... Read more
A cool wind whipped around me as I crested the final hill along my running route. "Ah, relief!" I thought, pulling my dripping T-shirt away from my skin. This will cool me off. But instead of making me feel refreshed, the wind chilled me to... Read more
When temperatures start to rise, that ice cream shop or frozen yogurt stand can seem mighty tempting. But you can save calories (and money!) by making your own frozen treats at home. Cool off with one of these 10 delicious desserts that won't blo... Read more
You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch?
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I've lost a lot of weight already and can't seem to find it in me to stick to these hour long workouts 6-7 days a week anymore. Since I lost weight I am much more confident and therefore out and about doing things with friends more. I know I still ne... Read more
Had surgery 4 weeks ago still have 4 weeks of restrictions, but I can finally walk - so I am thinking starting with a mile a day for now and working my way back up....just wanted to say how excited I am....lol... Read more
I hope you are enjoying your weight loss journey. I am having so much fun! I have a question my daily calories are 1500, when I exercise they can go up to as much as 1800. Does this mean I have to eat the full 1800 calories? I'm... Read more
I am one of these people to prays I can stop eating as many calories because I really don't like to exercise.
I can walk and walk and walk. But I don't really like "gym" activities. I don't like group activities. I was never athletic.
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I have had seven vials of blood taken out within the past 48 hours, and I'm feeling pretty weak and woozy. Should I refrain from exercising today?
I'm petite and too underweight to donate blood (not because I'm underweight per se, but because a... Read more
I've been taking aerobics classes recently and working myself pretty hard, but I don't ever feel that I'm completely cooled down. I drive right home after them and take Oliver for a good walk to cool down. Three benefits: 1- A tired dog. 2-I've c... Read more
On a hot day, most people like to have a cold beverage to help cool down. However, some like to drink hot tea or other hot beverages to help cool down. Yes, you read that right, they drink hot beverages to cool down, but that seems counterintuitive,... Read more
We'll all been there. You just started working out after a long hiatus. You feel proud and accomplished, but wake up the next day feeling so stiff, sore and achy that you don't want to get out of bed! You slowly but surely get on with your day, but e... Read more
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