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Rest Day vs. Active Rest Day?
We all get to the point in our training when our bodies feel beat up. When simply the thought of lifting a heavy barbell can get your heart rate up. Other days, you may feel little beat up, but not totally out of your game. On days that you don’t come to the box what are you doing? Are you getting your own workout in, are sitting around the house, are you going for a nice bike ride. What you do on your rest days, or non Connex days is a critical part of your training.
So when you are not at the box are you resting or are you recovering. Yes! there is a difference between the two. In my training schedule I will usually have a total rest day and an active recovery day. So what is the difference between the two?
* Rest Day- is usually considered to be as time spent sleeping or not training or exercising. This is the day that I won’t do anything physical besides the norm.
* Active Recovery Day- Is the day in your training where you use various techniques and/or actions to maximize your body’s repair. (i.e.- Light exercise, stretching, mobility)
Recovery in either fashion is absolutely a crucial part to your training. It encompasses the steps you take to help your muscles repair as wells as what you do to help recover your chemical and hormonal balances, nervous system repair, mental state and more. There are many factors that can help your body completely recover, such as diet, sleep, hydration, but one of the most effective methods of helping your body recover and gear up for your next training session is through active recovery.
As a CrossFitter this one might be hard to understand- but active recovery is completing an exercise session at a lower intensity, but high enough that will increase blood flow and enhance clearance of enzymes responsible for muscle damage and residual fatigue. This lower level of intensity exercise also helps to give your mind a break from the intensity and pressure that you may feel when at the box. Active recovery can be time spent swimming, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, running, as long as its with in that 60-70% effort. This means that you should be able to hold a conversation. After your active recovery session- spend some extra time on mobility and maintenance to make sure you have completely flushed out all the nasty that was built up in your muscles and to help put your body reestablish its best physical condition for your next WOD.