Warm-Ups, Cool-Downs, What Works, What Doesn’t

The power of a good stretch.

If you’ve played any sort of sport, you’ve invariably been told to warm up before every workout and game, as well as cool your body down after. While the warm up is intended to wake up your body, the cool-down is meant to sooth muscles and ease our bodies back to normal.

Recent research reinforces what we’ve held to be true: Those who regularly completed warm ups are about 40 percent less likely to sustain knee, ankle, hamstring, and hip or groin injuries. So hit the mat and get your body feeling loose!

For more on this research, head on over to The New York Times.