You may have heard the term “Active Recovery” this morning. Seems like an oxymoron, huh? But it’s very beneficial in recovery from intense exercise, especially the short burst-type of sprinting we did this morning. From the article posted at the end of this blurb:

“One study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise (1) found that active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest. After hard intervals, one group rested completely while a second group exercised at 30 percent intensity between intervals. The active group reduced blood lactate levels faster and could achieve a higher power output throughout the workout.

Another study (2) found that adding low intensity exercise to the rest period after competition did not decrease an athlete’s physical recovery and actually had positive effects on psychological recovery by improving relaxation.

A third study found active recovery encouraged lactic acid removal and and helped speed recovery. (3) The general theory is that low-intensity activity assists blood circulation which, in turn, helps remove lactic acid from the muscle. Low-intensity active recovery appears to significantly reduce accumulated blood lactate and speed muscle recovery. However, all agree that more study is necessary to establish a clear answer regarding the best way to recover from intense exercise.”

Read the entire article here.

4/23 Workout:
Sprint Intervals of 20 active / 40 rest, 15 minutes. “Grinder” 10-1 Wall Jumps / 1-10 Push Ups.

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