A cool down is the period of 5 to 10 minutes at the end of your workout which allows time to lower your heart rate before you dash back off to work or other activities like leaving the gym (after an arduous Kinetix Training Session) and driving home. A cool down after your workout session reduces your risk of muscle soreness and injury that could come from your workout. This cool down period should include 5 minutes of cardio exercise like stationary biking or walking, and should proceed at a reduced pace from your previous exercise activities. At the end, you should focus on about 5 minutes of slow, focused stretching, when your breathing goes back to where it was before your workout.
Let’s break it down in a list. A cool down:
Brings your heart rate and breathing back to normal
Prevents fainting or dizziness
Prepares your muscles for the next exercise session
Removes waste products (such as lactic acid), which can build up during vigorous activity
Reduces the immediate post-exercise tendency for muscle spasm or cramping
Reduces muscle soreness and stiffness
Let’s admit, your workouts take a lot from you. Make the most of your sessions and remember to cool down if time permits.