5 Tips To Recover The Right Way

4. Know That Recovery Is As Much Mental As It Is Physical

You don’t have to run on your recovery day. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with skipping exercise altogether or doing something else to promote blood flow and get your heart rate up, such as swimming or just taking a break altogether.

“If you had a really tough, taxing workout, you might just need to chill out and have some quiet time,” says McMillan.

Just because your body feels like it can run fast the day after a workout, that doesn’t mean it should. Consider doing something fun on a rest day that doesn’t involve competition of any kind. Laughter helps, so find something funny to watch or spend your “down” time with a group of friends or family.

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