Adequate recovery between workouts is extremely important to lessen the risk of burnout, overtraining or injury. What you do on the days away from the gym is just as important as what you do in the gym. Without proper rest your muscles will not fully recover between workouts.
Resting between workouts does NOT necessarily mean you should sit on the couch all day. In fact, it's recommended you continue to move to avoid stiffness and promote needed nutrient absorption into your tissues including your muscles via increased blood circulation. Active recovery involves exercising but at a reduced intensity level so that your heart rate will be somewhat elevated but avoiding excessive fatigue.
Here are some ideas on how to enhance your recovery between workouts:
BOTTOM LINE: Actively resting between workouts is beneficial in speeding up the recovery process (i.e., lessen muscle soreness), increasing your range of motion (i.e., stretching), lessening muscle stiffness, reducing stress, and improving your mood.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.