Warm up & Cool down
How to warm up
As a general rule, warming up is done to increase body temperature slightly and stretch so that chances of muscular injury are reduced. Focus on large muscle groups and stretch them with light exercises.
Jog at a place. A warm up may cause mild sweating, but it shouldn't leave you fatigued.
Here are some examples of warm up activities:
- To warm up for a brisk walk, walk slowly for 5-10 minutes.
- To warm up for a run, walk briskly for 5-10 minutes.
- To warm up for swimming, swim slowly at first and then pick up the tempo as you're able.
How to cool down
Cooling down is similar to warming up. It is actually a continuation of a workout session, but at a slower pace and reduced intensity.
Here are some examples of cool down activities:
- To cool down after a brisk walk, walk slowly for 5-10 minutes.
- To cool down after a run, walk briskly for 5-10 minutes.
- To cool down after swimming, swim some leisure laps for 5-10 minutes.
- Mild stretching exercises to ease up the exerted muscles are also a good idea.
Warm up and cool down can be skipped if the exercises performed are easy and low intensity.