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Active recovery: how does it work and how do you start?

3 March 2023|Training

Movement is better than no movement when you're recovering. This applies whether you're recovering between two sets or after completing an obstacle run

Active Recovery

Doing absolutely nothing between two sets, workouts, or competitions is passive recovery. Moving to recover is called active recovery. Active recovery involves training at a low intensity, maximum 70% of your maximum performance. This can take various forms:

  • Taking a (short) walk or bike ride the day after the obstacle run/half marathon/other significant performance.
  • Gentle yoga after an intense performance.
  • Continuing to walk (or using the treadmill) between rounds of strength training.
  • Foam rolling your muscles during the cooldown or the next day.
  • Training with light weights or resistance bands.
  • Swimming a few laps in the sea or pool.
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