Great! Cool Down After Exercise Gets Blood Flowing Back To Your Heart; That's Important!
The One Thing about Cooling Down
Because if you don't cool down after exercise, your blood circulating in the lower extremities will pool there and unable to return quickly to your heart and brain.
Your blood pressure then drops, causing an irregular heart beat. The decreased blood flow to your brain causes dizziness, nausea and possibly fainting. In extreme cases, it may cause heart problem too.
So do take a few minutes out to do a proper cool down. It'll bring you tons of good......
Whew! It's Time to Cool Down!
You went through a hard cardio , put in a tough (but satisfying) toning workout........
You're almost there...
But you're not quite there yet!
Don't just suddenly stop exercising right after your toning or cardio workout!
You're asking for "trouble"! It's even dangerous......
According to the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America, cardiac problems most often occur not during exercise, but after it's over.
So, be careful.
Just as you start slowly and exercise up, you need to gradually decrease the same way too.
Think like this: just as your body needs to prepare for exercise i.e. warm up , it needs to come down after a hard workout too.
Treat your cool down after exercise just as important as your warm up.
The Best Way to Cool Down
You gradually slow down and to continue moving your arms and legs, slowly decreasing your exercise intensity, to avoid pooling blood in lower parts of your body and to help return blood as quickly as possible to your heart.
I always do a 3 to 5-minute cool down exercise like an easy jogging or a slow walk or a lower intensity version of the "marching-in-place" warm up exercise. It cool me down and get my heart rate return to its normal level.
Physiologically, these cool down after exercises will do you loads of good as they gently get your blood flowing away from your muscles and back to your heart.
The cool down not only prevents dizziness, sudden change in blood pressure, nausea, cramping and but also saves you from muscle soreness or injury .
In your time cooling down after exercise, take your heart rate every minute or so. When it gets under 120 beats per minute, you can stop exercising. The better shape you're in, the faster this will take place.
Once your heart rate has slowed to a normal level, move on to do your stretches .
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