Rest day doesn't really mean zero activity for many athletes.
Active recovery is a physical activity performed during an “off day” from training. During active recovery, one can dynamically relieve stress on the muscles that worked hard from a regular workout, allowing them to bounce back more quickly to their routine.
There are several active recovery workouts one can do during rest days. Here are some of the most popular ones, and their health benefits:
1. Yoga / Range of Mobility Workout - This is a form of active recovery where muscles are stretched, and every joint in the body is taken through a safe range of motion. Doing so helps muscles to recover shortening the duration of soreness.
3. Swimming - A low stress activity due to weightlessness in water, swimming engages the muscular and cardiovascular system, without added pressure on your joints.
4. Foam Rolling - Repairs unwanted adhesions to your connective tissues; decreases soreness thus speeding up recovery; and increases range of motion.
4. Hiking – burns significant more calories, engages both the body and mind; refreshes your imagination.
Remember to train smart during active recovery, keeping in mind that the your goal is not to set another PR, but for muscles to recover from the intense workout. Resist the temptation to over train.
Words by CJ Lampad
IG accounts @iamjoannesamson; @jsncruz; @weareprimalcf
Active recovery is built into the programming at Primal Ape CrossFit. Give our classes a try, by registering for our introductory classes here.