Basic principles of training – Importance of a cool down! 12

Importance of a cool down! 12
A cool down is simply reducing the exercise load to near minimal in order to let the heart rate reduce and return to resting rate!

Benefits of a cool down:

#Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

#Gradually reduce heart/breathing rate

#Gradually reduce body temperature

#More efficient removal of waste products

#Prevents blood pooling – build up of blood in lower legs as shown in the above picture! As the picture shows, venous return (blood returning to the heart) is aided by skeletal muscle contractions which is why it’s important to gradually cool down and not just stop after exercise!

Feel free to DM me on Facebook or Instagram (just search Damon Artiss) or email me at for any training help or advice! 

Again feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have and I’ll be sure to answer in the comments or create a blog post answering your questions!

Best wishes,

Damon 👍


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