Active recovery as a practice has really gained traction in the sports science world. The idea is that during a typical weekly training/exercise cycle, rest days consist of engaging in light movement, low impact exercise, or play. Muscle groups are used but not “worked”. With increased blood flow and natural flushing of the lymphatic system, light activity speeds up the body’s recovery from intense training and workouts. For us desk athletes the brain needs recovery too.
These principles should be applied to any weekend. There is a set time to work, exercise, or get things done. There should also be time to play.
Schedule it, plan it, look forward to it, and keep it. View it as important as any other event or meeting in the diary. Emails, phone calls and busy work can wait till Monday.
Get out, get the blood flowing, and actively recover from this week and get ready to get after it next week.
We are getting out of town, going for a walk and having an epic BBQ with friends. What are you planning?