Active recovery is a crucial aspect of training that is often overlooked by amateur athletes, because it can be daunting or also feel like something that only elite athletes do. While rest days in general are important for recovery and are the most common method of recovery, incorporating active recovery techniques into your routine can help prevent injury and improve performance.
Active recovery involves engaging in low-intensity exercise or movement to promote blood flow and facilitate the removal of waste products from the muscles. This can include activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga. Wearing assistive devices like Lasso Socks or Normatec compression boots can also contribute to your active recovery and accelerate recovery and healing.
One of the primary benefits of active recovery is that it helps reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. By promoting blood flow to the muscles, active recovery can help speed up the recovery process and reduce the risk of injury.
The key is to remember that active recovery isn't about intensity, it's about creating movement in a healthy and loving way towards yourself. It's way to common to see people pushing themselves too hard in active recovery because they are impatient for results.
Overstraining your body during active recovery can actually work against your goals so it really is important to avoid this outcome. Even something as simple as taking a walk or doing some light stretching can be beneficial. It's important to listen to your body and choose activities that feel good and don't cause additional strain or discomfort.