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.
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.