“The cool-down is enshrined in training lore. It’s in physiology textbooks, personal trainers often insist on it, fitness magazines tell you that you must do it — and some exercise equipment at gyms automatically include it. You punch in the time you want to work out on the machine and when your time is up, the machine automatically reduces the workload and continues for five minutes so you can cool down.”
That’s the lead-in to this interesting article by Gina Kolata of the New York Times. Is that cool-down period really that important? Read it and make your own decision.