or cool-down

[ kool-doun ]
/ ˈkulˌdaʊn /
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a period of low-impact or slower exercise following a more intense workout to allow the body to gradually return to its normal physiological level.

verb phrase cool down

to bring the body back to its normal physiological level after fast, vigorous exercise or activity by gradually slowing the pace of activity or by doing gentle exercises or stretches.



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Origin of cooldown

First recorded in 1910–15; cool (in the verb sense “to make or become cool” + down1 (in the adverb sense “from a higher to a lower state”); the noun is derived from the verb phrase
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Idioms and Phrases with cooldown

cool down

Also, cool off.


Effect a lower temperature, especially of the body following vigorous exercise. For example, After a race the coach makes the entire team do stretches to cool down, or Let's take a dip to cool off. These phrases date from a.d. 1000 with reference to the weather or cooking (as in First let the eggs cool off). The first gained renewed currency with the exercise boom of the late 1900s.


See cool off, def. 2.

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