Exercise is awesome for your health, but it puts stress on the body. The rest and recovery period after you break a sweat is when your body adapts to those stresses and you make fitness gains. Here’s why a postworkout cooldown matters:
It brings down your heart rate gradually
During an intense workout your heart rate can increase dramatically. Stop abruptly and you’ll jolt your blood circulation and may feel lightheaded.
It recharges your muscles
A simple cooldown routine can ward off soreness by delivering oxygen and nutrients so your muscles can recover faster.
It helps prevent injury
Ending a workout with a few gentle stretches increases the range of motion in your joints, relaxes the muscles, and brings your body back to full and normal function.
Add 3 minutes to your workout. Slow your pace and enjoy a few deep breaths.