Skip the post-workout cool-down? More experts say 'yes'

  • Article by: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS , New York Times
  • Updated: May 10, 2013 - 11:41 PM

The post-workout cool-down is a rule you just shouldn’t break. It’s good for you, right? New evidence suggests otherwise.

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milwaukeemnMay. 11, 13 8:26 PM

So it's still slightly good for you just not essential. Got it. Fact is, most of us middle-aged weekend warriors just don't workout hard enough to build up the lactic acid as we did back in the day of school cross-country, football or other sports. If you severely cramp up afterwards, you probably needed a cool down.

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marsbonfireMay. 13, 1312:14 AM

milwaukeemnMay. 11, 13 8:26 PM So it's still slightly good for you just not essential. Got it. Fact is, most of us middle-aged weekend warriors just don't workout hard enough to build up the lactic acid as we did back in the day of school cross-country, football or other sports. If you severely cramp up afterwards, you probably needed a cool down.____________The other aspect is not enough of us "middle-aged weekend warriors" spend the amount of time necessary to properly stretch before exercise. To me, that's always been the key to a successful workout and the ability to recover sufficiently to go again the next day.

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mustang07May. 13, 13 3:38 AM

Cool down is helpful to gradually reduce the heart rate and all the body's hormones and chemical levels to a normal level after a high-endurance state. Cool-down does nothing to prevent muscle soreness. Soreness is caused by muscle micro-damage, and no cool-down will reverse the damage. Plus, if it did, workouts would be pointless because careful overuse actually builds muscle strength.

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