The available data “quite strongly suggest a cool-down does not reduce postexercise soreness,” says Rob Herbert , a senior research fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and senior author of what is probably the foundational study of cooling down , from 2007.
…“My feeling is that” unless future science shows otherwise, “people shouldn’t worry about it,” Dr. Herbert says. “If they like to cool down, then it’s not going to hurt them. But if they don’t feel like it, then they shouldn’t feel a need to do it.”
For once, I’m ahead of the curve. When I want to run, I run. When I’m done, I stop. Now if I could only get all the time back that I spent reading articles about what else I should be doing.