Cooling down after exercise is important to shift our body to the state of rest. Especially our organs need the cool down to adapt to the upcoming rest. In addition an extended cool down of light endurance training represents an active regeneration.
Cooling down after exercise is important to regenerate
While we work out our body and its organs perform at a high level. Cooling down after exercise is important to come back to the calm. A cool down tells our body that the physical strain is over and that it is time to relax. In that way it is much easier for us to wind down. Our energy consumption drives back to a normal level and our mind eases.
Cooling down after exercise also is important for our regeneration. If we perform a light endurance session after the workout our body actively recovers. The oxygen intake is increased and our body regenerates faster. But it is important to not over pace. If you go too hard you would reach an intensity similar to your exercise level again what would cause you to not benefit from the positive effects that come with the cool down.
Cooling down after exercise is important to relax the muscles
Cooling down helps to reduce the lactate. But it can’t prevent the soreness of the muscles after exercising intensely. Sore muscles are very small injuries of the muscle fibres. A light stretching relaxes the muscle and reduces its tension. But it doesn’t support the healing process. If you stretch too hard you could even worsen the soreness and extend the healing period. If you would like to learn more, please read working out with sore muscles.
Cooling down after exercise is important to regenerate, relax and even reduces the muscle tension. It shortens the period of regeneration. Also performed independently from an exercise session an individual session of active recreation is extremely restful and allows us to ease the mind in our world of hurry and stress. Please also read recreation training. Such as cooling down after the workout a warm up before exercise is important as well.
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