After exercising, the body needs rest. But many people forbid sitting directly after strenuous exercise, especially running. What is the reason?
Why can't you just sit down after running?
Run, especially sprints and jogging, including high impact sports that make your feet barely touch the ground or just touch the ground in an instant.
High impact sports tend to be more tiring because they require enormous energy and therefore burn more calories. This one sport can even strengthen muscles and bones better than other sports that have a lighter impact on the body (low impact exercise). So, why can't we just sit down after high impact sports like running?
Sitting can indeed get rid of fatigue and restore a normal and regular heartbeat. But according to Dennis Cardone, head of sports medicine at NYU Langine Orthopedics, you should not immediately sit after high impact exercise such as running because the body has just pumped blood and oxygen throughout the body, including the part of muscle that is used.
Directly sitting after running will actually make blood accumulate in the lower part of the body so that it slows blood flow back to the heart and brain. This condition can trigger a very low blood pressure which causes a great spinning sensation, even fainting. Another effect that may occur after you immediately sit after running is that the stiff muscles feel stiff and feel like they are being pulled. Often this condition can cause pain.
Besides running, you are also not advised to sit straight after jumping rope, jumping jacks, and squat jumps. The three sports above together include high impact sports that channel large amounts of oxygenated blood flow throughout the body.
What needs to be done after exercising high impact
Therefore, don't sit down or stop suddenly after running. The body needs time to gradually restore the heart rate to normal. Start slowly stopping your exercise session by doing cooling and stretching to prevent injury. One of the most recommended ways to cool down is to take a leisurely walk. Do it for 10 to 20 minutes before you decide to stop completely to lie down or sit down.
By walking, the body still pumps blood through the muscles that are used while cleaning all excess metabolic waste when you exercise. The rest of the body's metabolism is excessive when that exercise often makes you experience aches after exercising. When the body keeps moving, the heart will slowly lower blood pressure until it returns to normal.
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