Benefits of Active Recovery

We have worked hard all week and thank God, we finally got to that rest day. Obviously your off day is your business, if you need that true rest day then by all means take it! But if you do find yourself with a little bit of extra energy let me tell you about some of the benefits of getting out and doing something active on your rest day.

Active recovery may not seem like it is very important, but I believe it can really help your workout routine come full circle. Overall, the idea of Active recovery is to restore your muscles after your workout. Rest is very important, but remaining active will definitely benefit you long term. Supplementing a high intensity workout with a low intensity workout (walking, swimming, jogging, etc.) helps to reduce the lactic acid build up in your muscles, eliminate toxins, increase blood flow and reduce soreness. Ever have those days where you are supposed to workout but you feel like you got hit by a truck? Me too. Soreness can really derail your workout routine and workout intensity. Active recovery is a great way to avoid this.

What in the world do I do for Active Recovery? Do things you enjoy! This is a great opportunity to make time for the activities that you enjoy, and if you haven’t found any yet, what a great opportunity to get out and try some new things. I typically love to play pickleball, basketball, softball.. basically any sport that you can think of. Growing up playing sports, this was a pretty natural activity for me to enjoy. One thing that I have absolutely become obsessed with is hiking. Hiking has been something that I have really come to enjoy over the last few years and is another activity that I highly suggest!

Enough about me, what are some of your favorite active recovery activities? Let me know in the comments below!

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