After intense workouts, your muscles often get tense. Flexibility and mobility training is a phenomenal way to loosen them up again without adding unnecessary stress.
This sort of training incorporates various stretches or loose, fluid movements. BodyRock Trainer, Michael Levine, has designed an entire series dedicated to mobility and stretching, aptly titled BR Stretch & Mobility.
Try this class now, for free! You can alsosign up for a free month of BR+ after and continue rocking your active rest days.
The definition of fun varies from person to person, but the fact remains that doing something active that brings you joy is a great way to spend your active recovery days. Whether it’s playing a sport (with your family or in a league), swimming in your pool, going for a bike ride, or kayaking, incorporating some fun movement is an excellent way to spend your active recovery days.
This option is for those of you who are interested in extra calorie burning (don’t forget weight loss is mostly dependent on your diet!). You can do interval training by alternating jogging, walking, and sprinting. Or you can practise a few sprints to get your heart pumping. Or you can simply take a good, long walk. All of these options keep the calories burning and your body recuperating.
Yoga is another great way to increase mobility in a gentle way. This exercise loosens and lengthens your muscles helping you to build them easier, all the while practising mindfulness and concentration. This is a great mental and physical practice for active recovery days.
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As amazing as these types of exercises are, you don’t need to practice them on every active recovery day. There are other, less strenuous activities that are just as constructive.
We briefly touched on this earlier, but it cannot be stressed enough how important nutrition is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. An active recovery day can simply consist of you planning nutritious meals and preparing them for the week ahead. This is a productive, yet modest task that has you putting your overall wellbeing first.
Fitness isn’t just about improving your body, it’s about improving your brain too. When it comes to brain-training, there is a multitude of options to choose from. Maybe you want to learn an instrument, do a puzzle, read an academic article on a topic you’re passionate about, watch a documentary, play a game of chess, or something totally different. It’s all up to you. As long as you continually stimulate your brain, you’ll have a healthier body in the long run.
Incorporating fun into your day to day life is just as important as staying active. If you enjoy reading, watching movies, playing video games, or chatting with friends, you should never let fitness totally replace these activities. Keeping yourself entertained and happy helps you approach fitness with a more positive mindset.
So, there you have it! You know what an active recovery day is and how to spend it to the benefit of your mind and body.
Don’t forget: there’s a free month trial of BR+ with your name on it. Get access to mobility training and stretching, yoga as well as meal prep tips and recipe to make the most of your active recovery. Sign up for yourfree trial now!
How do you like to spend your active recovery days? Share in the comments.
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