How Do I Cool Down?

How Do I Cool Down?

Learn all about static stretching, soft tissue techniques, and gentle mobility exercise.

Sean Lee, NASM ACE – CPT, NSCA – CSCS
Fitness Expert, Barrington, IL

Question:

Is cooling down really beneficial and what is the best way to cool down after exercise?


Answer:

Yes! Cooling down after exercise is very important and can prevent dizziness and allow for a safe and gradual return of heart rate, respiration rate, and core body temperature back to pre exercise levels.

To facilitate the cool down process perform a period of light activity followed by a series of flexibility and mobility exercises. The cool down period is the best time to perform static stretching, soft tissue techniques, and gentle mobility exercise. Focus on the major muscles and body segments utilized during the exercise session.

For specific exercises look at our series of cool down videos:

Basketball Cool Down

Cycling Cool Down

Golf Cool Down

Health Club Cool Down

Hiking Cool Down

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