The idea of working out on a rest day can seem a little...confusing.
You feel stiff and sore, and the idea of doing a workout feels pretty much like the last thing you want to do. This is your body's way of saying that you need to take some time off to recover. So what should we do: Do we rest or do we recover?
You may be surprised to know there's a difference between rest and recovery - but they're both important to do!
Keep reading to learn more about active recovery and how to use active recovery to maximize your rest days.
What is the difference between active recovery and rest days?
How long do you need to spend doing active recovery?
What exercises can you do for active recovery?
Again, active recovery days do involve movement or non-strenuous exercise. So, the best exercises you can do for active recovery are ones that feel good to you! Things like mobility, stretching, yoga, walking, or swimming are great ways to get moving on an active recovery day. (You can even follow your regular training program as long as you have little to no weight.)
Including BOTH of these days in your regular fitness routine is so important. Your body needs rest to grow muscles, lose weight, and see the results you're working so hard for! Once you start regularly making time for recovery you'll be amazed about how quickly you'll see yourself performing better, eating better, sleeping better, but also FEELING better.