The Cool Down - Recover Faster & Avoid Injury!

Written by Brad Walker

Many people dismissrepparttar cool down as a waste of time, or simply unimportant. In realityrepparttar 150635 cool down is just as important asrepparttar 150636 warm up, and if you want to stay injury free, it's vital.

Althoughrepparttar 150637 warm up and cool down are just as important as each other, they are important for different reasons. Whilerepparttar 150638 main purpose of warming up is to preparerepparttar 150639 body and mind for strenuous activity, cooling down plays a different role.

Why Cool Down?

The main aim ofrepparttar 150640 cool down is to promote recovery and returnrepparttar 150641 body to a pre exercise, or pre-workout level. During a strenuous workout your body goes through a number of stressful processes, muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments get damaged, and waste products build up within your body. The cool down, performed properly, will assist your body in its repair process.

One arearepparttar 150642 cool down will help with is "post exercise muscle soreness." This isrepparttar 150643 soreness that is usually experiencedrepparttar 150644 day after a tough workout. Most people experience this after having a lay-off from exercise, or atrepparttar 150645 beginning of their sports season. I remember running a half marathon with limited preparation, and finding it difficult to walk down stepsrepparttar 150646 next day because my quadriceps were so sore.

Post exercise muscle soreness is caused by a number of things. Firstly, during exercise, tiny tears called micro tears develop withinrepparttar 150647 muscle fibers. These micro tears cause swelling ofrepparttar 150648 muscle tissues which in turn puts pressure onrepparttar 150649 nerve endings and results in pain.

Secondly, when exercising, your heart is pumping large amount of blood torepparttar 150650 working muscles. This blood is carrying both oxygen and nutrients thatrepparttar 150651 working muscles need. Whenrepparttar 150652 blood reachesrepparttar 150653 musclesrepparttar 150654 oxygen and nutrients are used up. Thenrepparttar 150655 force ofrepparttar 150656 contracting (exercising) muscles pushesrepparttar 150657 blood back torepparttar 150658 heart where it is re-oxygenated.

However, whenrepparttar 150659 exercise stops, so doesrepparttar 150660 force that pushesrepparttar 150661 blood back torepparttar 150662 heart. This blood, as well as waste products like lactic acid, stays inrepparttar 150663 muscles, which in turn causes swelling and pain. This process is often referred to as "blood pooling."

So,repparttar 150664 cool down helps all this by keepingrepparttar 150665 blood circulating, which in turn helps to prevent blood pooling and also removes waste products fromrepparttar 150666 muscles. This circulating blood also brings with itrepparttar 150667 oxygen and nutrients needed byrepparttar 150668 muscles, tendons and ligaments for repair.

The Key Parts of an Effective Cool Down

Now that we know whatrepparttar 150669 cool down does and why it is so important, let’s have a look atrepparttar 150670 structure of an effective cool down. There are three key elements, or parts, which should be included to ensure an effective and complete cool down. They are;

How To Cut Down On College Stress

Written by Trevor Dumbleton

Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

Probablyrepparttar least appreciated form of stress is college stress. This is mostly due torepparttar 150597 fact that adults simply see a lot of college students sitting on their rear ends playing video games and drinking, instead of seeing students who are under pressure to succeed allrepparttar 150598 time. In addition to classes, homework, research, reading, paper writing and problem solving, there are nowrepparttar 150599 problems of howrepparttar 150600 heck to pay for college and whether there will be any jobs waiting after graduation. Thus, with all these forms of college stress weighing students down, it is no wonder that things tend to get ugly when they “blow off steam”.

Of course, there are better ways to deal with stress than to drink an entire case of beer in one day. In fact, abusing your body with any number of chemicals does not really help that much, aside fromrepparttar 150601 fact that people generally relax when they do such things. However, they are usually relaxed before partaking ofrepparttar 150602 latest work of ancient and modern chemistry, sorepparttar 150603 substances themselves really do not make much of a difference.

Unfortunately, college stress is oftenrepparttar 150604 first encounter that some students have with persistent stress, and it is hard for them to deal with it. However, it is alsorepparttar 150605 first time that many of them have had experience with almost complete freedom, so college has a double threat. Complete freedom meansrepparttar 150606 ability to simply ignorerepparttar 150607 cause of stress, which is usuallyrepparttar 150608 classes they need to stay in college. Thus,repparttar 150609 problem of freshmen retention in many universities.

Unfortunately, most students don’t even attempt to find help for their stress problems. In fact,repparttar 150610 most common effort to help students through their stress is to tell them to either just get their work done or to get used to it. Of course, this advice usually comes from their friends and, though there is a certain set that could use this advice, many other students are struggling to keep up simply because they are unable to cope with their stress. Thus, by relieving their own minds of their concerns, they could help their grades and help keep themselves in school.

The best place to start looking for relief from college stress is by talking to an advisor. They are more than happy to help students because they want to help them and, forrepparttar 150611 most part, nobody ever visits them. Thus, they are very eager to help, but very lonely, so they will be more than happy to give a hand to anyone who needs it. If you are a student under stress, they can help you deal withrepparttar 150612 classroom concerns and direct you to people who can help alleviate your stress concerns. It doesn’t matter how personalrepparttar 150613 problems might be, advisors are very private, very discreet, and they are more than happy to provide you with assistance.

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