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PhysEd: Do We Have to Cool Down After Exercise?

Cooling Down After Exercise

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  • Cooling down after exercise has long been promoted as a necessary step to help prevent muscle soreness and improve recovery, but new research suggests it does little to reduce muscle pain or improve recovery
  • A proper cool down does help lower your raised heart rate down to resting heart rate safely, and may also help you to simply unwind after an intense workout, easing the transition back to your normal level of activity
  • With no negative effects reported, and some potential benefit, even if it is merely psychological, if you enjoy cooling down you should continue, but if not, don’t worry about skipping it

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re like most people, the time you spend exercising is a valuable commodity that you’ve carefully planned and fit into your day. And when your workout is over, you may simply grab a quick shower or pull on a sweatshirt, skipping the post-exercise cool down because you’re eager to get on with your day.


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