Your workout ends – what’s the first thing you do?

  • Grab some water.
  • Stretch.
  • Immediately move on to the next part of your day.
  • None of the above?

Grabbing some water as you walk off a challenging workout is a great way to start the cool-down process. And taking five to ten minutes to cool down right after you finish a workout is an essential component of your workout.

Here are a few reasons why cooling down is so important that you can’t be tempted to skip it:

1. A cool-down brings your heart rate and breathing rate down.

No matter how much you might want to sit down (or lie down) at the end of a tough workout, try your best to stay upright. Walking around and staying in motion gives your body a chance to return to a “normal” resting state. And it makes it less likely that you’ll get dizzy or possibly faint. Your heart rate will gradually come down, and your breathing rate will slow down, as well.

2. Post-workout is the best time to stretch.

The best time to stretch and work on flexibility is after completing a workout. During a post-workout cool-down period, your muscles are warm, and your connective tissue is pliable. Now is your window of opportunity to take five to ten minutes to stretch and relax.

3. It kicks off the recovery process.

Your cool down sets you up for quality recovery after a workout. Coming back to a resting state by staying in motion (ex. walking) flushes out waste as your body comes back to rest. This post-workout movement, along with taking a few minutes to stretch, can lessen the potential for muscle soreness and possible injuries down the road.

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