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Active Recovery

Active recovery is often considered more beneficial than resting completely. It can keep blood flowing and help muscles recover and rebuild from intense physical activity.

Benefits of active recovery

Active recovery workouts may help you recover faster after a difficult workout. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reducing lactic acid buildup in muscles
  • Eliminating toxins
  • Keeping muscles flexible
  • Reducing soreness
  • Increasing blood flow
  • Helping maintain your exercise routine

Three types of active recovery:

  • As cooldown following a workout
  • During interval (circuit) training 
  • On rest days following strenuous activity

Planning an active recovery day

An active recovery day should include different activity from your usual workout at the gym. You shouldn’t be working at a maximum effort. You should go slow and not push yourself too hard. Examples of active recovery exercises include:

  • Swimming
  • Tai chi or yoga
  • Walking or jogging
  • Cycling
  • Beach Workout

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