Active rest after your workout
If you are not exactly sure what active rest is, that is ok. I am going to fill you in on that here as it almost sounds like an oxymoron.
Active rest means staying active but not necessarily using your muscles to the point of exhaustion like you might during a typical workout day or during a sports practice.
The Pros do it
While most professional athletes will go 6 days a week the typical person may be pushing themselves 2-5 times per week. On the days they are not working out, it is to the bodies benefit to actual get up and moving some (when you are on a rest day).
This not only allows the muscles to recover and repair it also helps to get fluids like lactic active removed and help to balance hormone levels so they are not always spiked in your system.
Most athletes from the professionals to high school levels and lower are recommended to take some time off from the sport they are playing to relax the muscles, bones are joints that are continually being used and abused in season, though it does not mean they get out of shape in the mean time.
They might pick up another sport, activity, workout regimen or similar to stay active in the off season.
Salem Town Forest Hike
As shown in the video above, we often enjoy active rest days by going out for a hike and enjoying some nature like we did while we were up at the Now Lifestyle North East Regional Event in Salem NH, in April 2018.
On this particular hike (which I claim we did not get lost on...but may not have had a clue where we were hiking for about an hour) we had the opportunity to listen to some of the spring peeper (frogs) who were doing their mating call.
Now on this day we had actually done our quads workout earlier in the morning so active rest can also be included on the same day of your workout to help loosen up the muscles instead of just achieving muscle failure and then sitting around on our butts all day doing nothing.