Including a cool down session into your workout routine is essential for staying pain free, healthy, and limber, especially if you’re trying out a new workout or increasing your intensity. After putting strain on your muscles and pumping up your heart rate, stopping abruptly can lead to dizziness, soreness, or even injuries. It only takes a few extra minutes for you to focus on cooling your body down to avoid these risks.
Lower Heart Rate
Going from a high-intensity workout, like sprints or cycling uphill, to an immediate stop can disrupt your breathing and heart rate. Stopping too soon can throw off your blood circulation and leave you feeling dizzy and lightheaded. It’s important to take a few minutes to do some low-intensity movements, like simple walking, to slowly lower your heart rate back to a normal base rate. This also allows your blood to fully circulate through your body and carry important oxygen and nutrients to your tired muscles to assist in recovery and repair.
A proper cool down will also help reduce DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness. After stopping a workout abruptly, lactic acid builds on your muscles causing them to be tight and painful. A cool down consisting of low-intensity work and calming stretches pushes these toxins out of your muscles to speed up the recovery process.
You can also take the normal cool down routine to the next level by using recovery tools like a foam roller or lacrosse ball to further break up adhesions and acid buildup. Using these tools allows you to target specific muscle groups you may have overexerted during your workout.
If pain has been keeping you from exercising as much as you’d like, consider visiting Airrosti. Our providers pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and treat it quickly and efficiently to get you back to your active life. We also equip you with the knowledge and tools to speed up recovery time and prevent future injuries.
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