Active Recovery Days
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Even on your days off from working out, stay active.
Once you’re into a workout routine, you’re likely going to have days where you’re taking some time off. Work hard on your days that you are working out, and keep active on your days off. You should not simply do nothing on your days off as that is counterproductive. While it may be easier to do nothing, you’ll feel much better and see better results by remaining active.
Some people love to work out, and don’t like taking any days off. If you’re one of those people, then that’s great for you. You’ve got a different problem where you’re trying to find a way to actually take days off from working out. You’re on the other end of the spectrum of many people who have trouble finding the motivation to work out on a regular basis.
If you’re a person that struggles to work out or find time to work out, you are not alone. Many people do. That is very common, especially for busy adults and parents that don’t have a lot of free time. Keep at it and do your best to hold on to a regular routine as best you can - every bit of working out that you’re able to complete is better than nothing.
On days when you are unable to work out or when you have a day off, make sure that you’re not doing absolutely nothing. Too often, people will take the day off completely and be very inactive. Your days off should be the days where you’re more active than your workout days. Keeping active will help your recovery.
Active recovery is pretty straightforward to accomplish. Be active and move around. Rather than sitting down and not doing anything in the evening, get out and go for a walk either on your own or with your kids. A walk around the neighborhood is a great way to get some fresh air while allowing your body to actively recover from workouts.
Walks are one idea for keeping active, but you can also simply be up and moving around your home. Take a short break by getting off your feet for a few minutes when needed, but walk all around your home doing whatever chores need to be done. Chase after your kids (okay, you’re already doing that), and be active.
Another great way for active recovery is to get in a swimming pool or to go on a leisurely bike ride. Those are great if you have a lot of free time to be able to do them, but many parents simply don’t have an easy way to find more free time. Regardless, if you do then you should consider getting out and enjoying some leisurely activities.
Keep your body moving on your day off. You’ll find that your workouts are actually better if you keep your body active even on your days off. It will take a bit more work, but it will be well worth it.