Active Recovery days to perform and feel better
If you are training at a high intensity most days, a rest day or active recovery day is essential. Resting is just as important as training because it’s an equal part of the process required to build strength, endurance, and muscle.
Commonly we see a ‘more is better’ mentality when it comes to training and yes, training more and more volume can be important when it comes to specific fat loss/ performance goals but, listening to your body when it feels beat or broken is also necessary.
Exercise is a form of stress; positive stress on the body. But when the stress becomes physiologically too much for the system to handle, it can lead to overuse injuries. Rest days allow your muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue time to rebuild. Adaptations (gains) actually occur after the workout, not during so allowing your body adequate time out of this stressed state is super important.
The best way to help your body recover and stay on track with your goals is to include active recovery days into your week. This exercise should be at around 60-70% intensity. Think, a bike ride, long jog or even a brisk walk. This will keep blood circulating around the body to help clear metabolic waste as well as introduce new oxygen and nutrients into your muscles. As a result, you’ll be ready to hit it hard again the next day without the nagging aches and soreness.
Sleep is also an important part of this process. During REM sleep, your body’s production of growth hormone increases, which aids in the repairing and rebuilding of muscles post-workout.
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