Could someone shed some light over “warming down” after exercising? I use cycling (stationary cycling) as a weight management tool, and I try to do it 5 times a week for 1 hour. I stretch for 10 minutes and then get on the bike. I immediately hit 30 km/h (19 miles/hour) which I do at a normal resistance setting for 50 minutes at 75% of my MHR. I do the remaining 10 minutes at a higher resistance setting which at approximately 80% of my MHR. Up until now I just stop when my 60 minutes are up. I check my HRM watching my pulse slow down and then get off the bike and I feel fine.
Should I warm down? I’m not doing any Tour de France session here. I have read that not warming down can put a lot of stress on the heart, which could cause heart attacks if worse comes to worse. How long should the warm down session last? When is it really needed?
Appreciate any insight on this matter.