August 30, 2007
Relax…you deserve it!
Don’t neglect the cool-down part of your workout. The technical reason to cool down is to allow adequate venous (blood) return to the working heart muscle. Otherwise this blood, as well as waste products like lactic acid, stays in the muscles which can cause swelling and pain.
The continuous flow of blood also brings oxygen and nutrients needed by the muscles, tendons, and ligaments for repair. So next time, take a few minutes to bring your heart rate down after a workout by walking or performing light movements. Keep your blood circulating, remove those waste products and take some deep breaths...the workouts over!
Posted by Lisa at August 30, 2007 11:58 AM
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