How to cool down

Cooling down is similar to warming up. You generally continue your workout session, but at a slower pace and reduced intensity.

Here are some examples of cool-down activities:

  • To cool down after a brisk walk, walk slowly for five to 10 minutes.
  • To cool down after a run, walk briskly for five to 10 minutes.
  • To cool down after swimming, swim some leisure laps for five to 10 minutes.

A word about stretching

If stretching exercises are part of your workout routine, it's best to do them after the warm-up or cool-down phase, when your muscles are already warm.

Stretching can improve range of motion about a joint and flexibility. Stretching may also help improve your performance in some activities by allowing your joints to move through their full range of motion. However, studies haven't consistently shown that stretching helps prevent muscle soreness or injury.

Be kind to your body

Finding time for regular aerobic workouts — plus warming up and cooling down — can be challenging. But you can make the time if you get creative. For example, walking to and from the gym can be your warm-up and cool-down. Remember, be kind and give your body time to adjust to the demands of your workout.

Feb. 06, 2014 See more In-depth