Including recovery as part of your training program is smart and needs to be thought out and planned into your training phases. Activity outside the intensity of your gym training allows your body to use low level exercise (movement) to help muscles and joints get the nutrition needed to maintain healthful status while eliminating potential for joint exercise induced trauma.

You should look forward to active recovery days where you can go on a long walk to think about work, family and friends versus your exercise effort. It’s important to make recovery fun by allowing other aspects of your life to be part of it. Take walks with your spouse, children or friends. It’s a great way to catch up on how they are doing. Other ideas for recovery days can be hiking, kayaking, surfing, cycling, rock wall climbing, swimming, yoga, pilates…

Fit in active recovery days between every four to six week training phase.