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Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are just as important as the exercise itself. By properly warming up the muscles and joints with low-level aerobic movement for 5 to 10 minutes, one may avoid injury and build endurance over time. Warm-up exercises gently get the blood circulating.

Cooling down after exercise by walking slowly, then stretching muscles, may also prevent strains and blood pressure fluctuation. Cool down exercises slow the heart rate and stretch warm muscles.

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