The Cool-Down Phase of Running

The running literature emphasizes that we should end our runs with a cool-down of several minutes. I've never thought much about cooling down. I just did it because the literature said to do it. However, I recently read in a couple of websites that cooling down helps prevent pooling of blood in ones feet, and I began to realize there may be medical reasons for it. I asked a doctor friend who runs about it, and he referred me to the following web site. Rather than just repeat things clearly explained in the website, let me pass the link on to you.

http://www.24hrfitness.co.uk/fitness%20tips/cooling-down-after-exercise.html


There are very definite medical reasons for cooling down, and I would suggest that if you're not doing it, start now! Be sure you include all three elements of cooling down: gentle exercising, stretching, and refueling.

Here is another site that has good suggestions for cooling down. http://www.ehow.com/how_2276854_cool-down-after-running.html Cooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity. Cooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity. Cooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.
Read more about The Importance of Cooling down after Exercise by 24 Hr FitnessCooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.
Cooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.
Read more about The Importance of Cooling down after Exercise by 24 Hr FitnessCooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.
Read more about The Importance of Cooling down after Exercise by 24 Hr FitnessCooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.

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