You'll be pleased to learn that days off are an integral part of your fitness journey. Right! Get rid of the guilt you have because you did not go to the gym seven days a week. But if you think that days off are used to be completely vertical on the couch, think again. Taking a day off does not always mean doing absolutely nothing. It's time to include active days off in your training schedule!
Why is silence important?
If you do not give your body time to recover from your workout, you run the risk of recovering from overtraining. Symptoms of overtraining may include prolonged soreness, weakened immune systems, poor sleep quality, performance degradation during exercise, or even worse injuries. Not good!
Considering both active and passive days of rest, your body has the time it needs to repair itself, recover and grow. Scheduled rest days also allow you to take a mental break from your strenuous workout and allow you to recharge your batteries and recharge your batteries for the next session.
What is Active Recreation?
Active rest days are light and easy compared to heart-pumping workouts. They vary somewhat depending on the level of experience. The active rest day of someone just starting out looks different and even more intense than someone's day putting their training under pressure five days a week. The goal is to move just enough to get your blood pumping and stimulating your body's recovery process.
Choosing active instead of passive recovery has other benefits, including improving your mood, increasing energy levels, and helping you meet your nutritional goals on active days.
What can I do on active days off?
Save Netflix seizures for another time. They are fit, active and full of energy. In other words, keep moving!
Use the following ideas to take full advantage of your time away from the squat rack:
- Focus on dynamic warm-up exercises, mobility exercises, foam rollers and core reinforcement exercises
- Walk in the park or at the lake / beach [1
- Take time to bring the dog to the dog park
- Spend time with the kids to get active
- Take a special trip to a trampoline park
- Play a game of kickball  Go to the local playground
- Dancing for a date or with friends
- Opt for a less intense workout such as swimming, jogging, cycling, bodyweight workouts or jumping on the elliptical trainer.
- Join a restorative yoga class for your muscles and mind.
- Head to the gym for a light workout that focuses on breathing, shape and being
- Plan a massage for yourself to really help those muscles relax.
How long should I rest?
Active rest days look different for every athlete. For those of you who are embarking on an intensive program every day, your active rest day could be easy. If you are new to #fitfam and your training was mild to moderate, you can be more active. Strive for an activity of 15 to 60 minutes.
Active recreation is important for everyone!
Choose an activity that keeps you moving, makes you happy, helps you reduce stress, and prevents you from counting sentences and repetitions every day. Give yourself permission to step back and enjoy your fitness journey. Your body and mind will thank you!