Recovery/rest days are extremely important to your health. When we exercise whether it is weight lifting or running, swimming, sport or any other physical activity our bodies are broken down. More is not always better and recovery is why we get stronger, faster and fitter. Recovery days allow our bodies to repair themselves from the damage inflicted during exercise, and allow our hormonal levels to normalize. Recovery can be improved by paying extra attention to nutrition and hydration levels as well as doing light exercise such as going for a walk/hike. These activities should be light in nature not difficult yet laying in bed may not be the best form of recovery. Stretching, yoga, and Self Myofascial release (SMR) can also improve recovery and subsequently improve performance allowing you to hit your next workout hard. Enough recovery between workouts is a great way to avoid the stagnation that accompanies overtraining.

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