What type of recovery is best for you?
Do you know that there are two types of recovery post work-out? Active and passive recovery. Active recovery means performing light activity to recover from your workout while passive recovery simply means not doing anything at all.
How can I tell what type of recovery do I need?
Your heart rate rises even though you’re not working out, feel beat up and not sleeping well? You need passive recovery.
You need active recovery if you’re feeling sore and tight all over.
Best active recovery workouts
- After doing a hardcore exercise, active recovery like low intensity weight training is just what you need to allow your muscle joints to reprieve from heavy activity.
- Yoga classes can promote flexibility and reduce the chance of getting injured.
- Swimming is also one of the best active recovery workouts you can probably do. Footballers like Ronaldo admit to jumping straight into the pool after a big match to stimulates muscle healing – just avoid any extreme movements and you’ll be fine.
- Probably the easiest active recovery workout you can do; simply walk to keep blood flowing through your muscles.
- Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up tight spots after a heavy and intense workout. Experts suggests to use foam rolling before and after every workout to keep your body more relaxed.
Best passive recovery workouts
- Try to get a good night’s sleep so you can wake up all fresh and energized.
- Invest in getting a good sports massage to help the blood flow process.
Training, working out and exercising can help you become fitter but you still need to allocate sufficient time for recovery so that your body won’t burn out and you can actually achieve your target goal.
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