Fitness Tip: Don’t forget to cool down |

Fitness Tip: Don’t forget to cool down

Just like warming up prior to exercise, cooling down following activity is also an important component of an exercise program. A good cool-down gradually lowers your heart rate and allows your body to recover from your workout.

It can also help reduce risk of muscle injury, and post-exercise stiffness and soreness. Examples of a cool-down include walking or continuing your activity at a lower intensity for five to 10 minutes. End your session with stretching while your muscles are still warm, which will contribute to overall flexibility.

Luke Geer, PT, DPT

The Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department

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