Most of you by now will know something about recovery sessions (AR) especially if you're a reader of CrossFit.com and other fitness publications but some of you still are in the dark in regards to this life changing tactic, so let us help.
What is AR?
Active recovery sessions are activities that are different to your regular training where your focus is to get the body moving and/or aid recovery.
What are the benefits?
Considering most of us are sedentary most of the time and only workout for a small portion of our day it's importance to keep the body as mobile S possible and primed for anything. AR sessions not only help flush the lactic acid and tension out of your muscles after hard workouts but they can aid your baseline fitness levels and improve circulation and health markers. The more you move the better your body will be inside and out.
What is a AR session?
AR sessions are different for everyone but as long as its a) different to your normal workout b) increases your heart rate slightly above normal and c) helps improve your general fitness and health then you're on the right track.
Some people will go for long walks while others play some basketball with friends or meet up for yoga.
When and how often should I apply AR?
First of all it doesn't matter which form of active recovery you choose just aim to complete at 1 AR session to every 2-3 of your normal workouts. Two days on one day AR is a great schedule.
Our final note on this is to remember it's all about being the strongest, fittest and happiest version of yourself so always listen to your body. If you need a day off then take it but if you feel like you need to do something but you should be resting then AR is perfect for you.
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