Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Importance of an Active Rest Day

Just because you are taking a day off from the gym, doesn't mean you should take a day off from being active!

Giving your body a break between intense workouts is essential to help your muscles recover, avoid overtraining and reduce the risk of injury but don't make the mistake of thinking your days off can be spent sitting on the couch all day watching trashy TV—which can be a very tempting option.

Your rest day should be spent doing some sort of light physical activity that will stimulate recovery without placing any undue stress on your body. Summer is just around the corner and as the weather is starting to warm up, make the most of your days off. Go outside, get moving, and have fun.

Take a bike ride along the canal, a walk on the beach, or explore one of the many nature trails the Cape has to offer. Organize a pick up game of softball going with friends and family, just as long as the intensity stays relatively low and you don't get too competitive! Paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga, golf, hiking, swimming, doing a light body weight workout or easy jog...the list is endless.

As long as you stay active, you will feel better and maximize the progress you are making in the gym!

Blog post by Catie Furbush CSCS.

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