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Why Active Recovery Can Be Better Than Complete Rest

After an intense workout, the last thing you are thinking about is being active. More likely than not, you’ll want to completely relax as soon as you are done with your workout. While recovery is an essential part of your fitness journey, did you know that active recovery can be far more effective than complete rest?

At Sports Recovery Annex, we are an athletic recovery center and our knowledgeable staff can walk you through an active recovery process. Active recovery such as massage, light physical activity, or mobility exercises can be more productive than complete rest for a number of reasons:

Bloodflow. Keeping your blood flowing is helpful to the recovery process. Exercise, even thorough light activity, can help remove metabolic waste faster than rest. 

Reduce soreness. You may find that your muscles are sore the day after a workout if you took complete rest. Active recovery can help reduce the soreness, and it can even help to speed up the muscle recovery process.

Focus on technique. Through active recovery, you are doing light activity, not focusing on anything intense. This gives you the opportunity to be aware of your technique and focus on getting back to the basics. You may have let your technique slack a bit when trying to get in an intense workout, so by doing an active recovery you can take the time to evaluate and even tweak your technique. A professional at an active recovery center can even help you evaluate your technique.

Energy. While you may feel refreshed after complete rest, active recovery can leave you feeling energized. By engaging in light activity, you can be ready and energized for your next session of intense workout.

Book a Session at our Active Recovery Center 

If you are experiencing fatigued muscles or if an injury is bothering you during exercise, you will see benefits in your recovery and performance if you work with us at Sports Recovery Annex. Our team of athletic trainers at our active recovery center can help you through light exercise, and even a training session. Our active recovery center also offers other services such as massage, kinesiology taping or even AlterG or NormaTec. These are just some methods of active recovery that our training and recovery specialists at Sports Recovery Annex might recommend for you. Our active recovery center offers a variety of services, and our trainers can walk you through each service and choose what is right for you. Our team at the active recovery center are experts in injury evaluation, functional movement screening, sports stretching, and more. 

Sports Recovery Annex is a walk-in sports recovery facility that provides everyday athletes and professionals access to state-of-the-art recovery services in Jacksonville. Our highly trained sports medicine staff include nationally certified athletic trainers, board-certified physicians, and support staff who will help keep you free from injuries and help you actively recover between workouts and competitions.

To learn more about our services, click our athletic training in Jacksonville services page or call us at 904-402-4399 to book a session today!