How can we keep up the energy and stay physically healthy for the week of workouts ahead? A killer rest day game plan! When you work out hard, you should be recovering just as thoroughly. Remember: rest days are equally as important as the time and hard work you put in at the studio. Does that mean you have to sideline yourself completely and feel unproductive? No way! These days, there are all kinds of trendy (and effective!) ways to get the job done.
If you’ve had a long week of intense workouts, a day of complete rest is an absolute must, to ensure that you stay free from injuries and other setbacks. Sticking to a more moderate approach with your weekly workout regimen? Try a form of active recovery to keep you feeling accomplished and motivated.
These five recovery methods will not only have you recharged and ready to tackle your next goal in fitness, but will also get you excited and inspired to soak in all the feels of your rest day, without losing a single inch of stride! Try a few on your next downtime session, and reap some serious rewards when you walk back through those studio doors.
It’s important to recover from the inside out, and if you’re locked into a solid workout routine, you need to fuel your body for success. SOS is a completely redesigned electrolyte replenishment system, and has a killer taste as a bonus! Designed by doctors, it’s jam-packed with six essential ingredients that your body needs to recover: sodium, potassium, magnesium, citrate, chloride, and sugars (sucrose/dextrose). This power packed lineup is the perfect internal reset button post workout, or after a night of drinks with your friends!
Slowing ourselves down is the most important task we have when it comes to our rest day, and float therapy is one of the best ways to force yourself to completely let go of the stresses of the day. Float therapy allows for complete sensory deprivation, allowing your muscles to relax completely, as well as your mind. Book a session of float therapy and pamper yourself with a complete mind-body reset.
Trigger point massage is important for muscle recovery, and what better way to do it with an easy to use and even easier to pack tool? Foam rolling can often be tedious, given their bulky size, especially if you’re on the go between the office, vacations, and workouts, so having a tool that’s as easy on your day off is key. Get more motivated to roll out those knots with the most convenient recovery tool ever!
If you’ve ever had a physical therapy session, you may have used an electronic muscle stimulator, which helps aid in muscle recovery. These days, you can skip the doctor visit and get results right in your own home, in an easy to use format! If foam rolling is painfully boring, give this method a go. It does the work so you don’t have to exert any extra strength on your day off. Bonus: they’re even convenient to travel with, given that they can be recharged with the same cable as some of your other electronics, saving space in your work bag or suitcase.
There’s a reason this method of recovery has been making some serious headlines. Icing sore muscles is an effective way to recover, so imagine the benefits you’ll get from a mega supercharged version of it! Exposing your muscles to low temperatures for short periods of time have shown to speed recovery, increase blood flow, and combat fatigue. It’s even proven to triple your metabolic rate, which will have you burning some extra calories while you’re at it. If you’re a serious go-getter at the gym, this is the perfect method for you. You can even book these sessions via Classpass in some locations!
Give one or all of these methods a try on your future rest days, and watch your results and motivation break some serious records!