Saturday, August 24, 2013


Having finished an event that you have been training for, you may feel run down and tired. All of the training and time put into the event may leave you feeling exhausted. We want to look at the next steps in regards to the active recovery or tapering phase of the training plan.

Active recovery can be classified as the cool-down component of the training plan. Its purpose is to help prevent muscles from cramping and stiffening up after intense exercise. During the recovery process, basic aerobic exercise following the event facilitates lactate removal. Doing light movements after an intense event also promotes pumping of the blood throughout the body and back to the heart.

Every sport and each athlete is different. Some athletes like road bikers would benefit from active recovery workouts later the same day or the following day or two. Adventure racers may find a light bike ride or walk the following day beneficial to release stress and soreness. Active recovery must be low intensity and incorporate muscle groups used during the exercise performed.

Now you don’t have to be doing marathons and trail races to do active recovery. You may have a great workout in the gym and wake up the following day tired and sore from your workout. A light workout will help you relieve soreness, reduce stiffness, and speed recovery. This way you can return to your normal exercise routine. 

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