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How to Cool down from a Run

Bradley DiTeresi

A Kansas-based financial analyst, Bradley DiTeresi works for a capital management firm in Shawnee Mission. In his free time, Bradley DiTeresi enjoys staying active as a runner.

Cooling down from a run is just as important as warming up for one. Cool-down routines help prevent the muscles from becoming stiff and sore. Abruptly stopping a workout can prevent blood flow from returning from the legs to the heart and brain and result in lightheadedness.

To start the cool down process, slowly reduce your running pace from a run to a jog, and finally to a walk. This will decrease body temperature gradually and also move waste products away from active muscles. Next you’ll want to complete a total body stretch routine. You should stretch every major muscle group - your hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, and calves. Each stretch should be done slowly and gently and held for 20 to 30 seconds on each side. Be careful not to overdo your stretch - it shouldn’t be painful - and also focus on taking deep breaths at this time.

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