Just Cool Down After Every Exercise?

Most of us believe that cool down is very essential after exercise. If one is asked why it is so, then different people may have their different opinion. Some may say that cool down after exercise helps to get the lactic acid out while according to others it helps to cool down the tight short muscles.

One may be surprised to know that in real there is no literature behind doing cool down after zero. Experts say that it is no sense of doing cool down after any exercise or workout and its benefit is next to zero. It is true that people do cool down after exercise but it is also not false that very few know the reason why they do so. Most of them believe that it is an established fact and there is nothing to study about it.

Some people who are doing cool down are not even clear on what a cool down should be. Weather it is stretching or doing the same exercise slowly or it is just having a casual walk after your exercise. To be true, it is just an understudied topic and no one knows why it is done and how it should be done.

Few experts believe that lactic acid is good for your muscles and act as a fuel. They say that it is better not to cool down after exercise because lactic acid produced changes back into glycogen which is a fuel for muscles and if you cool down, it gets wasted.

To conclude, there is only one particular fact to which exercise researchers agree and that is not to stop all of a sudden after any exercise. According to them, while doing intense exercise, the blood vessels in your legs expand in order to send more blood to your legs and feet and in doing so your heart beat increases. Now if you stop all of a sudden, your heart slows down and your blood is pooled in your legs and feet. This may cause dizziness or in some cases it may even lead to death.

Healthy Fruit Salad Recipes!

Here are some of the lovely and mouth watering cool Salad recipes for your summer which will cool down your body and you will be really FIT AND COOL.

Asian Fruit Salad

1/2 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1 medium papaya, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1/2 large pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1 11-ounce can peeled whole lychees in heavy syrup, drained, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/4 cup sweetened shredded or flaked coconut, toasted
Fresh mint sprigs
Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)

Lychee-Orange Salad

1 head of Boston or bibb lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup fresh or canned lychees
1 orange, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
1 Tbsp Lychee Vinegar
2 thin slices of red onion, separated into rings
2 Tbsp reduced-fat chicken broth
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp olive oil
In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, oranges, lychees and onions. In a small bowl, whisk the broth, vinegar, juice and oil. Pour the dressing over the lettuce mixture, then toss gently until all ingredients are coated with dressing.  Servings: 4

Fruit and Spinach Salad

1 large red delicious apple, cored & chopped
1 pkg. (10 oz.) washed fresh spinach, torn in bite-size pieces
4 green onions, sliced
1 med. pear, cored & chopped
Combine above ingredients & toss with a fruited fat-free vinaigrette dressing. 8 servings

Papaya-Mint Sauce

You can use these cool salad recipes with this exciting Papaya- Mint Sauce and enjoy the coolness of life while remaining fit and cool.
1 large papaya, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fructose sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint
Puree all ingredients in processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
To Serve: Spoon fruit into 6 small bowls or goblets. Drizzle Papaya-Mint Sauce over fruit. Sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with mint.