In today's society we live in a world where people are fast paced, motivated, driven, and striving to be the best that they can be in there careers and personal lives. As athlete's we want to push our body's to the limit, strive for greatness, and break PR's. Sometimes I feel as though our mind's are programmed to keep us on the move 24/7 with no down time.
Competition these days are fierce, in the world of functional fitness, OCR, Ironman, Olympic weightlifting, and ultra running. As a competitor you want to make sure that you always have that advantage and sometimes we forget the most important aspect of our training. Active recovery days.
This is such a key element to your conditioning. Days like these are used to help with delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness typically occurs from lactic acid building up in your muscles. This occurs after a strenuous work out. Hence, why it is always a good idea to do a cool down exercise. One example would be to jump on the air dyne bike and work at an effort of 50% for 8 rounds (30 seconds working, 30 seconds rest).
So what activities/exercises are good to for an active recovery day? Try running a mile pace at 60-70% max effort, or jogging, hiking, bicycling, yoga, and paddle boarding. Always a great idea to break out a foam roller and work out fascia.