Since getting back into a regular working out routine, I have been surprised by how much active rest is spoken about. Active rest is described as rest days when not doing an actual workout that includes everyday activities like walking, hiking or swimming. At the beginning of my fitness journey, I believed that in order to see results I had to workout at high intensity seven days a week. What that usually meant is that my body got sore, tired and I wasn’t able to perform at the best of my ability. Especially when doing harder workouts.
Since pulling back a bit however, I have noticed a difference in my overall performance. Currently I am working out about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. With weekends left for active recovery and just recovery. This means that instead of doing a workout routine. I will usually go to the park. Or walk around my neighborhood. Active recovery or active rest days, are also a great time to focus on self care; For me this means having long epsom salt baths. Or doing a gua sha massage on myself.
I also like to use the days to foam roll, or if I am feeling extra stiff. Then I like to do a light stretch. Overall, I feel like I have found a good balance for my workouts and my body. And come Monday I can commit myself to doing each workout as best I can.