Active Recovery: 3 Things You Should Be Doing On Rest Days

get some serious relief all over your body. It’s best to use the roller as slowly as possible and roll your body back and forth across the roller.

Be sure to hit major muscles like your quadriceps (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), IT bands (in your outer thighs) and your glutes. You’ll be surprised at how much tension you may be holding in these areas.

For smaller muscles like shoulders and parts of the back, you can get the same release with a lacrosse or tennis ball against a wall. Spend at least 3 minutes on each muscle group and practice deep cleansing breathes for the best results.

2. Practice Yoga

Certain yoga modalities can be intense workouts, but when performing yoga on your rest day, you should go for a light flow, rather than a strenuous yoga session. For rest days and recovery, choose a Yin or Restorative yoga flow. You’ll want to avoid yoga classes like Bikram or Vinyasa, as these are more intense and won’t allow your muscles to recover.

The goal with your recovery yoga is to relax, focus on breathing, and increase flexibility. Gym goers and

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