An active recovery workout involves performing low-intensity exercise following a strenuous workout. Examples include walking, yoga, and swimming.
Active recovery is often considered more beneficial than inactivity, resting completely, or sitting. It can keep blood flowing and help muscles recover and rebuild from intense physical activity.
Avoid active recovery if you’re injured or in a lot of pain, though. Symptoms of an injury may need to be evaluated by a doctor.
Benefits of active recovery
Active recovery workouts are beneficial for your body. They may help you recover faster after a difficult workout. Some benefits include:
- reducing lactic acid buildup in muscles
- eliminating toxins
- keeping muscles flexible
- reducing soreness
- increasing blood flow
- helping you maintain your exercise routine