Cardio on Rest days - Better workouts! Better all around!
In a vain attempt to shift body fat I have taken to the recumbent bike on rest days. Only very light, to slightly moderate level for 10-15 minutes to get my 'moving slowly fix' as I have a sit down lifestyle other than going out on errands and such.
I havent done cardio on rest days for YEARS because ooooh I need recovery. But I have found my recovery and composure on workout day to be a damn sight better than a 'no workout at all' rest day. I recall reading some evidence that this promoted blood flow to the damaged muscles (from lifting heavy) and therefore supported a better recovery. It seems to be holding true, either that or I have alot of stored sugar somewhere as my body feels better for it!
Science people, what's the crack!
If its working for you then keep it up. No one size fits all
So wait, even on rest days, one should get off his ass??
I do a fasted 1.5 mile walk every day, usually half naked to get some sun. Seems like good medicine.
Hmmmm... I'm trying to get my wife into Primal, maybe she'd do that!
Originally Posted by Nicator
I can understand the OP's issue. I'm doing Starting Strength right now and on my "off" days, I don't want to do too much to impede my recovery, not to mention that I am damn sore! But I agree that doing some light workout is probably better than doing nothing. It's called active recovery for a reason.
Originally Posted by Ronstar
I've been toying with the idea of doing a short MS session on my break days. TFS this, I think I'll give it a try, too. Might help, and if not, no big deal, either.