Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Just as an exercise program works opposing muscle groups, today's topic is the opposite of yesterdays. yesterday the topic was Always Warm Up before Exercise. Today we go to the other end of the workout. Always Cool Down After You Exercise!
Cool down is important. The one thing you do not want to unintentionally do is shock your system. Just as you have to prepare your body for exercise, you have to send it the message that exercise is over, go back to normal.
Cooling down can be as simple as a slow walk, maybe combined with some stretching. During exercise, your body is stressed and seeking oxygen. When cooling down, we get back into the normal routine. Cooling down is especially important if a hot tub, steam room or sauna is a part of your post exercise routine. When you exercise, your body is creating heat and it needs to dissipate this heat as you cool down. If you go directly into the hot environment of the hot tub, steam or sauna, your body cannot effectively dissipate this heat as it need to.
There is no magic formula for cooling down, just take it easy for a few minutes. Do not go directly into rest but engage in slower and smoother movements to allow yourself to return to normal.
Always Cool Down After You Exercise!