Portland Personal Trainer What is Active Rest | How To Use It!
So what is Active rest! Well, it is basically what it says: you are resting from the exercise you just completed, but your are still moving during that rest time. The purpose of doing this is to enhance recovery time, increase caloric expenditure, physical awareness, and also to keep you from getting cooling down.The last few variables that I stated are more geared towards sports and activities where you always have to be on your toes, especially if you are playing a sport like, tennis, basketball, soccer and even baseball. The rest times between games, sets, plays or very short, so you want to keep moving, especially if there is ballistic types of motions involved.Also, a great way to prevent boredom in the gym is to start practicing this principle. This can be in the form of stretching, doing basic movements to keep the body warm and limber, calisthenics, shadow practice movements for the next exercise and even doing some foam rolling (myofacial release).All of these can be forms of active rest, but it just depends what you are doing at that time, what muscle groups are being exercised and what your hear rate and body is feeling at that specific time. If you are completely wiped out from doing an exercise, your active rest may be just walking around for a minute to get the blood back to the brain and the rest of the body.If you need some extra ideas about this, contact your local fitness professional. If you live in the Northwest, find a great Portland personal trainer in your area to show you some examples of this.Thanks,Kisar S. DhillonThe Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241