Cooling the body down after a workout with exercises allows the body to return to its normal state in a controlled fashion, this includes slowly lowering your heart and breathing rates.
During a strenuous workout your body produces waste from your muscles, tendons and ligaments. Performing cooling down exercises will help to release the build up of waste and toxins. You will also benefit from improved and faster recovery times.
Cooling down can help prevent delayed muscle soreness, which is common after a strenuous workout or performing certain exercises. Stretching releases the latic acid build up in your muscles, potentially helping to reduce the muscle soreness.
Types of cooling down exercises
- Light weights – Performing light resistance training after a weight training routine slowly returns the blood flow back to normal, a sudden stop in exercise can cause your blood pressure to drop which can cause dizziness and it could even result in a loss of consciousness.
- Stretching – If you are prone to soreness of a particular muscle, stretching will help to ease that soreness. Stretching your muscles after a workout will release waste toxins and lactic acid from the body. Stretching will also help to keep the blood circulating around your muscles which will aid with muscle growth and it will help your body to recover quicker.
- Light aerobic – After an intense aerobic workout performing light aerobic exercises can be effective for returning your heart rate and breathing back to normal which can also help to prevent dizziness and muscle stiffness.
Other cooling down tips
- Drink a protein shake, because the protein is consumed in liquid form it will be absorbed by the body quicker, the protein will help your body to repair and recover more quickly from any form of strenuous exercise.
- Keep your body hydrated after your workout as this will also aid with your bodies repair and recovery.