How to Exercise on ‘Rest and Recovery’ Days

Taking a day off from a favorite exercise doesn’t mean spending the time sitting on the couch.

In fact, getting some R&R has a special meaning when it comes to exercise: Rest and recovery.

Recovery is everything that happens after the end of one workout and before the start of the next. Whether you’re talking about taking a day off after every strength-training session to build muscles or taking a day off once a week from your usual cardio workout, you still want to engage in physical activity, just at a different pace, one without the challenge of intense training.

Experts at the American Council on Exercise say moving is important, because it