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How to Make the Most Out of Your Rest Days

Rest days are important for allowing your muscles to repair themselves and to allow yourself to feel re-energized– so you  can give your next workout all you’ve got. But, this doesn’t mean you need to sit around on your days off.  Try one of Shay Kostabi’s favorite ways to spend rest days to help yourself rejuvenate.

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Turkish Bathhouse

If you’ve never visited a Turkish Bathhouse before, you’re missing out. A Turkish bath combines steam with hydrotherapy to offer great benefits for your body.  The heat helps to improve circulation, which helps with muscles aches and allows your body to detoxify.  Along with muscle soothing, a Turkish bath will help clarify your skin and encourage relaxation to reduce overall stress.

Yoga

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If you like to get your body moving a bit more on your rest days, yoga is a good option. In addition to relieving stress and improving focus, yoga has great benefits on your body.  Yoga helps improve strength and increases flexibility, which helps improve your workout performance.  A good yoga routine will take your joints through their full range of motion and encourage good posture, which helps prevent injuries and degenerative diseases like arthritis. Try Zander Gladish’s Fusion Yoga, which includes strengthening yoga poses and cardio to benefit your total body.

 

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Swimming

The great thing about water is that it helps support your body weight – when standing in waist-high water, your body only has to support half of its weight. The result of this is that less stress is put on your joints, reducing your risk of injury.  But, this doesn’t mean that swimming is an easy workout – as water is 12 times as dense as air, your arms and legs are experiencing resistance as you proper yourself through the water, which helps boost strength.

Stretching

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It’s probably no surprise that stretching helps improve flexibility and reduces the risk of injury, but did you know if can also improve your performance?  A review of 23 studies published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine in 2004 found that regular stretching improves athletic performance by helping to improve muscle force and velocity.  However, stretching was actually found to worsen performance when done right before an event, so sticking to stretching post-workout and on rest days is ideal.  Try Shay’s Recovery Flow, a quick routine that will help you take care of your body on your day off.