Why and How Your Loved One Should Be Warming Up and Cooling Down When Working Out

January 8, 2016

Home Care in Suffolk NY

If your loved one is exercising regularly, that’s a wonderful thing. But is she warming up before and cooling down after those workouts? Both of these are important pieces of her workout, and
there are some solid reasons to incorporate them into every activity. Enlist the help of your loved one’s home care providers to work warm ups and cool downs into your loved one’s current exercise routine.

Why Warming Up and Cooling Down Is Important

Warming up before working out helps to clue your loved one’s muscles in to the idea that they’re about to go from little to no activity to lots of activity. Gradually increasing movement gets your loved one’s cardiovascular system moving, much like warming up a car on a cold day. It helps to get joints moving and lowers the risk that your loved one will injure herself during the actual workout. Cooling down after the workout helps your loved one’s body to ease back into normal resting heart rates and blood pressure levels. Both warming up and cooling down ease your loved one’s body into the next phase, whether that’s working her body or allowing it to rest.

How to Warm Up

The actual process of warming up before a workout depends on the type of activity your loved one is about to engage in as a workout. If she’s about to go on a walk, for example, a good warm up can be just starting out on the walk, slowly and easily, until she’s ready to pick up the pace. Warming up before a bike ride might include doing some gentle stretches and taking a short walk around the front yard first. The idea is to just start getting her heart rate up a little bit and warming up her muscles.

How to Cool Down

Cooling down is even easier than warming up is. When your loved one is ready to finish her workout, she just needs to gradually slow down. When walking, for example, she can just gradually slow her speed as she prepares to stop. After a bike ride, she can start walking slowly or even just stretch her muscles.

Overall, Be Careful

Overall, the idea is that your loved one needs to be gentle and careful with her body and listen carefully to it. If she’s experiencing pain during a workout, then it’s important to change what she’s doing. Both warming up and cooling down are extremely beneficial in avoiding injuries and pain.

Talk to your loved one’s doctor to find the right exercises for her and her current health.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Suffolk, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!


Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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