Recovery Workout Ideas
Recovery Workout Ideas
Building your strength and fitness is a gradual process. Particularly when you start a new fitness routine, you may feel as though you’re pushing your body to the limit and your body is struggling. Or maybe you’ve recently been sick and you don’t think your body is up to a sweaty, high-intensity workout. Maybe what you need is an active recovery day.
We recently talked about the importance of balancing workouts with rest, so today we want to give you some examples of low-intensity activities you can do as part of your weekly recovery.
A gentle yoga flow can help you to open up tense and tight areas of your body, and it can help promote blood flow so your muscle tissue is nourished. Plus, there’s the additional benefit of giving you time to breathe deeply and clear your mind. Select a yoga rehabilitation session from the SWEAT app and give it a go!
You might know self-myofascial release as foam rolling, which can help to reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness. Foam rolling can be great for reducing tension and increasing your range of motion, which can help to improve your general performance when you’re ready to jump back into intense training.
The humble walk is severely underrated when it comes to active recovery! Taking a walk (or doing any form of LISS) means you get your heart rate up without overdoing it and placing extra stress on your body. If you get a chance to walk outside and get some fresh air, even better!
A recovery session is a great time to work on your overall flexibility and mobility, and you know what that means: stretching! Some dynamic stretches, such as walking lunges or leg swings, can help wake up your muscles and joints. Stretching will give you some time to focus on each movement and help you notice if there is any pain or tension.
If you’re feeling limited due to muscle soreness, injury or illness, some exercise of a lower intensity can be really helpful. Moving your body can improve your circulation, speeding up the delivery of nutrients to your damaged muscles and helping to improve your range of motion. Pay attention to the cues your body is giving you and choose a form of recovery that suits it and don’t worry if you can’t face a full workout. A session dedicated to stretching is always beneficial!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.