If you are someone who looks forward to their days off from the gym, then you agree with a majority of people. Most would assume their “day off” would be used as laying on the couch watching your favorite show on Netflix. However, incorporating active rest into your days off can come as an extreme benefit.
So, what is active recovery? According to theathletesedge.com, active recovery involves performing light exercises that stimulate the recovery process without imposing undue stress on the body. If you are someone who doesn’t take days off, you run the risk of over training your body, which can lead to many negative effects. These effects can be poor sleep, injury, soreness, decrease in performance, and among others.
Some examples of active recovery can include general light body weight, physical activity, dynamic warm-ups, foam rolling, taking your dog for a walk, go for a swim, or do a light core workout. These activities should aim to be in the 20-60 minute range.
Active recovery can also have a multitude of benefits for the body. Some of these benefits include helping lower the resting heart rate, improvement of form on exercises, increase in mental focus, higher energy levels, a decrease in muscle and joint inflammation, and helps burn calories.