September 10, 2018
Have you ever felt so sore after a workout that you didn’t want to move the next day? Doesn’t matter if you are a yoga master, love breaking a sweat during spin, or get your fitness from homeowner yard maintenance, it’s the recovery process that enables you to bounce back.
Recovery is key to a balanced life. Keep pushing your boundaries and busting it in your training, but did you know that spending hours on end training or working out might actually stall your progress? Just like your mind might need a break from work, recovery and rest are essential parts of any natural conditioning program.
The purpose of recovery is to allow for the body to recover and repair itself after an activity, sport or workout. Recovery must happen before any progress can be made, and it’s important to stay injury free, for long-term consistency in your physical health.
Active recovery after workouts help reduce muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest. Lactate is the waste that your muscles produce, causing that burning feeling after you push your body and it prohibits comfortable flexibility. By continuing a low intensity exercise, you clear your bloodstream by allowing your body to transport negative products away from muscles to move towards a refreshed and renewed state.
Passive Recovery after a workout, essentially means putting your feet up and relaxing. The muscles are given a full relaxation period. Workout. Stop. Perhaps stretch…then nothing again until your next session. Learning to rest well is a skill that is personalized. This type of recovery minimizes strain on the body, though it does little to promote the bloodflow.
Recovery is integral and a balanced approach may help the body repair and rebuild itself for maximum performance. So, what can you do to integrate both active and passive recovery types into your fitness routine?
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