Soccer Recovery: Train Hard, Recover Harder
Rest is an important exercise. Recovering faster means you can train harder, while maintaining peak performance, and staying injury free.
No, I’m not trying to get philosophical on you – although this concept will help you heal.
Specifically, I’m talking about a type of rest that will help your body heal in ways that it won’t when you spend your off day doing as little as possible.
But don’t worry, this “active rest,” which we’ll refer to as an active recovery, isn’t just another workout.
In fact, an active recovery workout will leave you feeling energized, loose, and ready for another week of soccer training, instead of stiff and unable to move on toward your Goals.
Read on to find out why.
Benefits of an Active Recovery Workout
While becoming a vegetable on your couch on your “off” days might seem like the best thing for your achy body, research suggests otherwise (sigh … I know).
In fact, if you’re experiencing intense soreness from a week of workouts, the best thing you can do to ease the soreness is to keep moving.
This is because being active has been shown to help our body clear out lactic acid – a byproduct of energy production – from our muscles.