If you’re living an active lifestyle, chances are you’re familiar with the aches and pains associated with squats, deadlifts, sprints — basically anytime you really give it your all. Staying physically and mentally as strong and healthy as possible is so important to me, so I am often reminded (due to sore glutes and a tight back) that active recovery is just as important when it comes to keeping your body in the best condition possible.
When you think about it, active recovery is basically a relaxing workout, if that makes sense. It’s always something I look forward to, and I know my body thanks me for taking the time to recover.
1. Foam Rolling
It’s like a massage for your muscles — but not the type with candles and spa music. This type of massage isn’t exactly pleasant feeling, but it still feels good if you’re a glutton for punishment like me. Monitor the pressure so you aren’t hurting yourself, but allow the foam roller to really get in there. The technical term for this awful/wonderful feeling is myofacial release. The idea is to roll over your major muscle groups, focusing on each one for 30 seconds. Roll it out!
Guess what? A swim sesh is extremely beneficial in reducing soreness and flushing out the lactic acid that causes aches and pains post workouts! Plus, there’s something about swimming that makes me feel like a kid again. Without any hard impact on your body, being in the water takes the pressure off your joints, allowing your body to check out and take five.
3. Yoga or Stretching
Giving your muscles a good stretch is one of the best things you can do for them. Stretch labs, where you can book 30 minutes to an hour with a pro-stretch technician, are becoming popular for good reason. Stretching helps relieve muscle tension, increases range of motion and improves blood circulation — all amazing things! It can even increase your energy! But, you don’t have to make an appointment to accomplish a good stretch. Find a gentle yoga class or take time to review a popular YouTube tutorial.
Take the time to recover your muscles and joints! Your body will thank you! What’s your favorite post-workout recovery technique??