Active rest day sounds like an oxymoron because that is exactly what it is. When you are in the middle of a challenge, or working out 6-7 days a week, your body needs rest. Here are some of my favorite, productive active rest day ideas that doesn’t include Netflix.
Stretch/ practice yoga
Reward your muscles for working hard all week and stretch them out! There are many free videos you can find online with free yoga routines, or you can check out my stretching routines. Most yoga studios offer your first class free, so take a free class at a local studio.
Go for a walk
Grab your fur baby or your favorite tunes and go for a long walk. Walking gets your heart rate up, without over-exhausting yourself. If the weather isn’t great outside, head to your closest mall and do several laps. Take the stairs instead of the escalators.
Play disc golf
Disc golf is a great low-impact sport that is great for an active rest day. Walk from basket to basket and work on your disc throwing skills. You get fresh air and a great walk, usually through trees.
Clean your house from top to bottom. Not only will you have a clean house, but you will get in plenty of steps to make your active rest day worthwhile. If your house is already clean, go outside and wash your car or clean up the flower beds.
Another great way to spend an active rest day is to swim. Swimming is low impact on your muscles because of the weightlessness. It strengthens muscles and is easy on your joints.
Ride a bike
Go for a bike ride in your neighborhood or a nearby park. If the weather isn’t great, find a cycling studio or gym with a stationary bike you can use. Like swimming, cycling gets your heart rate up without
It would be great to receive weekly massages during your active rest days, but most people do not have that luxury. Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release that improves movement and range of motion. A foam roller helps alleviate tension by keeping the fascia, or the thin layer of tissue that surrounds muscles, from becoming restrictive.
Take a bath
Finally, relax your tired muscles by taking a warm bath. You can add epsom salt to help with sprains, strains, and sore muscles too.
Enjoy your active rest day!
Which of these activities are you most likely to do on your active rest day? Leave me a comment below.