Blast fat and get bet­ter work­out re­sults, even on your rest days.

Healthy Woman - - HEALTHY LIFE -

Did you know that rest days are just as im­por­tant as work­outs? Yes, they are! They give your body time to heal and build stronger, big­ger mus­cles. All the bet­ter for killing it in your next work­out. How­ever, your “day off” doesn’t give you the li­cense to park your bum on a couch and binge on Net­flix all day! Nope. You must be more strate­gic with your rest days if you want to max­imise your work­outs, burn fat, and get faster re­sults. To make your rest days count, the trick is to do ac­tiv­i­ties which boost blood cir­cu­la­tion with­out tax­ing your body. Here are five ways to do just that:

Low-in­ten­sity car­dio:

In ac­tive re­cov­ery, you can have a low-in­ten­sity car­dio ses­sion to keep your blood mov­ing and to burn some ex­tra calo­ries while at it. Don’t have a spe­cific rest­day car­dio work­out? No wor­ries. Just cut your nor­mal car­dio ses­sion in half.

Mas­sage: Who doesn’t like a great mas­sage, es­pe­cially when suf­fer­ing from the dreaded DOMS (de­layed on­set mus­cle sore­ness)? A mas­sage boosts cir­cu­la­tion, helps loosen tense mus­cles and re­lieves DOMS. You can em­ploy the ser­vice of a pro­fes­sional mas­sage ther­a­pist, or even use your foam roller.

Breath­ing ex­er­cises:

Most of us are in­ef­fi­cient breathers. We tend to hold our breath on reg­u­lar ba­sis. On rest days, you can prac­tice breath­ing ex­er­cises to in­vite more oxy­gen into your lungs, which is then trans­ported through the blood to your mus­cles.

Sta­bil­ity move­ments: Func­tional move­ments like row­ing and crawl­ing can help build your sta­bil­ity on rest days. Such move­ments may also force your body to use smaller mus­cles that may not be the fo­cus of your reg­u­lar work­outs. Hit the row­ing ma­chine for a light work­out or even crawl on the floor with your kids or pets for a fun and play­ful ses­sion.

Power nap:

You can take a quick 30-minute power nap to re­ju­ve­nate your body and mind. Stud­ies have found that a short day­time nap can help the body heal and re­store en­ergy.

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