‘Cool Down’, as the term suggests, denotes a group of low-intense physical activities that allows the body to cool down. Cool-downs are performed following high-intense workouts/physical activities to return the body to its normal state.
While many avoid warm-ups due to laziness, shunning cool-down workouts happens due to a lack of knowledge about their significance. Eluding cool-down leads to lethal injuries in the long haul.
The main purpose of cooling down is to bring one’s heart rate and body temperature to their normal state step-by-step. Cool Down reduces dizziness, minimizes post-workout muscle soreness, and significantly avoids muscular and skeletal injuries.
Research indicates better performances from individuals ensuring proper Warm Ups and Cool Downs.
Proper hydration and low-intensity workout constitute the cool-down process. Cool-down workouts widely follow mild activities such as brisk walking, jogging, and static stretching. A typical Cool Down session lasts a maximum of 5-10 minutes.
The body is rehydrated by consuming normal water or sports drink. Cool down reverses unnecessary muscle cramps, strains, and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
Neglect of Cool Downs often results in ankle injuries. Medical professionals recommend Cool Downs since abrupt ceasing of activity after heavy workouts lead to Varicose Veins, a medical condition where one’s veins (mainly legs) enlarge.
Current technological advancements have led to the creation of cooling products such as ice vests which sports persons effectively use during break time to cool down recovering faster, guaranteeing better results.