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Sunday, September 7, 2014
Diet Bet Challenge: Day 7: Active Rest Day
Welcome to Day 7 of the DietBet Challenge! You have earned your active rest day.
What is an active rest day?
An active rest day is a day when you don't do a full out workout, but you stay active. You might go for a light walk or hike, jog, ride your bike at a leisurely pace, or do a gentle yoga flow. Your heart rate might become slightly elevated during these activities, but you shouldn't be overly challenging your cardiovascular system.
Research has shown that engaging in low intensity exercise reduces lactic acid build up in muscles more quickly than complete rest (this means less muscle soreness and faster recovery). This study also showed increased power in workouts after active recovery.
What do you enjoy doing on your active rest days? Here are some fun ideas: Active Rest Day Ideas!
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