They always make time for a cooldown.
When you exercise, your blood pressure rises in order to cope with the increased demands you’re placing on your body. So if you simply stop moving after pushing yourself during a workout, your body’s need for an increased blood flow diminishes. “Stopping your workout can make you feel dizzy or sick, which, for some people, makes them nervous about pushing themselves hard during a subsequent training session,” says Samantha Clayton, personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA). “The best approach is to gradually reduce your exercise intensity, which will allow your heart rate to slowly go back to normal, your blood vessels to constrict back to their usual size and your blood pressure to normalize in a more natural way.” A good cool-down strategy can help your body recover from any level of workout. Stretching after a workout has also been linked to reduced post-workout muscle soreness. And skipping this important step may leave you feeling stiff and sore the next day, which can eventually lead to injury or poor performance.
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