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Cool down. The second most important part of a swim workout is the cool down. Why? Your muscles need to stretch out and relax after having worked so hard. You'll be sore and tired the following day if you don't take the small amount of time that will do you so much good.
A cool down prepares you for the work you'll do the following day, and makes your muscles longer and more flexible, so you become stronger, leaner, and more capable. Cool down should incorporate easy freestyle, backstroke, or double arm backstroke with breastroke kick. Cool down should be at least 500 yards, and not longer than twelve minutes.