2011/09/30

Daily tip #26| Cooling down

Cooling down, as in, cooling down after a workout. It doesn't seem too important, does it?


Cooling down is actually important. What is 'cooling down' defined by? A cool down is a period of time for example, at the end of a workout session,  when you gradually decrease the physical activity of your body to almost resting. It usually consists aerobic moves, together with stretches.


It is important for several reasons, one of them is that it will help remove the metabolic waste your body might have acquired during the workout.


There are many more reasons though, for example if you feel faint after exercising - you do not cool down properly, or at all. Why would you feel faint? During physical activity, say, a workout, blood is pumped around your body by your heart. It circulates. The blood comes in to the heart, gets pumped out, and returns, repeat. During exercise blood is assisted in returning to the heart by muscle contractions and several other factors. If you suddenly stop all physical activity - your heart will continue to pump the blood around your body, but nothing will assist the blood in returning. And that is the reason why you feel faint.


If you properly cool down, that is, gradually decrease physical activity to almost none you heart will slow down with the slow decrease in the intensity, preventing you feeling faint.

You don't have to do stretches or aerobic movies to cool down, if you're jogging, you can begin decreasing the speed and intensity into walking, and from walking into slowly stopping for at least half a minute. Stretching after a work out though, is recommended.


The length of a cool down varies from person and exercise. If the exercise was strenuous - obviously your heart has been working intensively and will need a longer gradual cool down. If you are out of shape, or just a beginner you might also have to take it easy, as your body and heart might not have adapted to this kind of stress yet. Along with warming up, cooling down, as you see, is important!




Drink a lot of water, do not underestimate sleeping properly, stop making common mistakes and you'll be much happier!

20 comments:

sharon vuitton said...

i alwaays feel sooo good after a workout but for some reason the cooling down really makes me feel even better haha!

neatfit said...

@sharon vuitton http://neatlift.blogspot.com/2011/09/daily-tip-11-exercise-does-make-you.html :).

Natural One said...

The first thing I do is take a cold shower and send my body into shock, lol

Maybe you. said...

you always surprise me you know?

Hasidic Plumber said...

I take a semi cold shower after working out. I don't think it's a great idea hahahah heart attack waiting to happen

Style, She Wrote said...

Great post! Very informative! xo style, she wrote

Leslie Christen | LifeStyling said...

I definitely don't drink enough water, thanks for the reminder :-)

Xo Leslie

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Mochileiro said...

Great recommendations. Very important to remember that.

R.gers said...

I just take cool showers, like Hasidic Plumber said, heart attack waiting to happen. Although I'm still alive, so I guess it can't be too bad.

Lord Phrozen said...

I'm really learning a lot from reading this blog. So that's the reason for my sudden dizzyness after jogging. I just immediately stop and sit somewhere instead of cooling down.

Gizmo said...

I'm always amazed by amount of people at my gym that goes from cardio straight under showers

Jason said...

ALways been a fan of your fitness tips! keep it up!

my day in a sentence said...

This is my favourite part of exercising! ;D

coneforce said...

great blog useful tips!!! totalY!!!

aLH3x said...

Thank u! I like this :D

DWei said...

Lucky I don't push myself that hard during workouts.

Amanda said...

IDk If I told you this before but I think your blog is one of the best fitness blog I haver come across

DEZMOND said...

I reckon it would take me a day or two to cool down after a proper training :)))

neatfit said...

@Lord Phrozen I'm very glad!

@Amanda No you haven't, and don't lie ;).

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