Off Day Activities | Fitness Recovery Days

What do you do on your off days?  You’re sore, maybe a little tired from working out the day before, and you have tomorrow’s workout to look forward to.   You are tempted to just rest, recuperate from the previous workout and prepare, mentally or physically, for the next one.  But that’s an easy trap to fall into, and one that can negatively impact your next workout.  Sore and tired muscles are natural after tough workouts, and it makes sense that the best way to recover from is to do nothing.  That’s not always the case, however.  Oftentimes, tough as it may be to do, the best way to recover from a hard workout is to workout.That doesn’t mean that you should go try to max out your bench or run ten miles or do as many pull-ups as possible.  Instead, you should do something light and relatively easy.  Go for a walk or a light jog, do some stretching or yoga.  The point is to get your muscles moving, to get blood flowing to them and to loosen them up.  It’s counterintuitive, I know, but it can sometimes make all the difference.So the next time your legs or arms are particularly sore, force them to work by going out and doing something active.  Just make sure the activity is easy.  You can exercise on your days off, but keeping your easy days easy and your hard days hard will help you to see the most benefit.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241