Active, Passive, and Earned Exercise Recovery Strategies

This short article is the 4th and last installation in the workout healing series.


I’m lastly going to cover the hot things. These aren’t advanced healing techniques that will supercharge your training, healing, and results, however they are the healing approaches that all work. They don’t work as strongly as the marketing maker would have you think, however you are searching for limited gains at this phase of the healing puzzle—not game-changers. 



The healing techniques covered in this short article all have strong proof to support them.


I have actually not covered numerous other healing approaches due to the fact that there is not strong sufficient proof to be positive in suggesting them.


There are 2 classifications of healing techniques; I’ll cover both:


  1. Passive healing approaches are those that concentrate on stillness and lack of exercise. 
  2. Active healing approaches need activity, however in such a way that promotes healing instead of strength.


Passive Healing

  • Hydration might fall under the umbrella of nutrition. It is unquestionably an important aspect to think about in your total training efficiency and healing. Consuming appropriate quantities of water is vital to your health, energy levels, health club efficiency, and recovery. 
  • A number of us tend to be hyper-aware of our hydration throughout exercises and competitors however less concentrated on hydration the remainder of the time. Increasing awareness of your hydration status the remainder of the time can considerably enhance your healing. We have to do with 60% water so, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it’s necessary to remain hydrated.
  • Water help all of our physical functions. Among other things, optimum hydration levels permit cell development and recreation, reliable food digestion, effective nutrient uptake, oxygen shipment, temperature level guideline, hormonal agent and neurotransmitter production, lower levels of tension on the heart, and joint lubrication. All of these elements affect training and healing.
  • The most basic method to examine your hydration status is to take a look at your pee. If it is clear to a pale straw color, you are well hydrated. The darker your pee, the less hydrated you are.


A great target to aim for with water consumption is 0.04 liters per kg of body weight. For a 100 kg (220 pounds) individual, that is 4 liters daily.


100 kg x 0.04 liters = 4 Liters


Your precise requirements will depend upon other elements like activity level, sweating rate, and ambient temperature level. Begin with the 0.04 liters per kg suggestion and change as required. The following standards can assist you to remain well hydrated:


  • Drinking water is the very best method to hydrate.

  • Tea and coffee have a net hydrating result, however they are not as reliable as drinking water.

  • You do not require sports beverages for typical strength and bodybuilding training. Only drink them previously, throughout, and after laborious workout or competitors for a period > 90 minutes. 



Correct diet plan preparation looks after appropriate nutrients to sustain your exercises.


  • Snoozing is a little bit of a cheat due to the fact that I covered the significance of sleep for your last short article’s healing. That focus was on enhancing the amount and quality of your sleep over night. Supplementing your nighttime sleep with naps can likewise be advantageous and boost healing.
  • It is very important to keep in mind that while snoozing can assist get quality sleep and enhance healing, it must not change sound sleep patterns. Make getting a great night’s sleep your leading concern. Then to enhance healing, make use of napping. When napping, it is best not to do it too close to your regular bedtime. Napping late in the day can disrupt your sleep during the night and become a false economy. Generally, late morning or early afternoon naps work well to improve healing without impacting your normal sleep routine.
  • Keep the naps short. Taking 20-30 minute naps can help increase recovery and mental cognition. Napping for too long could result in sleep insomnia. The risk of this increases if you nap for longer than 30 minutes or late in the day.


  • The Coffee Nap Hack: If you feel groggy after a nap, it can be a false economy. Napping for 20 minutes aids recovery but, if you feel like a zombie for the next hour, your productivity will tank, and you will rightly question whether the nap was a worthwhile strategy. I have struggled with this in the past.
  • A tip that worked well for me was to have a coffee just before my nap. The caffeine from the coffee hit my bloodstream and caused a short-term spike in cortisol which helped me feel alert and refreshed after the nap.




Massage: While there is some evidence to support massage’s physiological benefits, the real benefits appear more psychological.


There is strong evidence for the psychological and relaxation benefits of massage. These factors all play a significant role in your recovery and adaptation.


So, deep-tissue sports massage may not be the best approach since this is anything but relaxing. A gentler approach may be more beneficial for recovery as you can completely relax and enjoy the experience.


Active Recovery

Light Days: Lighter training days can potentially improve recovery time more than a full rest day. Systematic decreases define a lighter day in training volume and intensity. Light days fall under good programming.


  • For strength or power goals:  I find that lighter days are incredibly beneficial. You can program these every week (or multiple times per week) to allow for increased frequency on technique-driven lifts such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Yet still, allow for recovery and adaptation. This emphasis will enable you to grease the groove of a lift and refines the technique without generating much fatigue.
  • For bodybuilding goals:  I think you can make use of the lighter days in a slightly different way. In this instance, I tend to use light days as days when smaller muscle groups create less systemic fatigue and require less mental arousal to train or make up a workout. I have found this works well to manage the total training stress across a week and means that a lifter can get a productive workout while allowing for a good recovery. 


  • Active Recovery Days: Active recovery days are quite risky. They certainly can enhance recovery, but most gym rats struggle to resist the temptation of turning their active recovery day into full-blown workouts.
  • When temptation is too strong, all that happens is you slow the recovery from your usual workouts. This slowdown defeats the object of active recovery days. It would help if you were honest with yourself about this. If you know you lack the discipline to stick to the recovery day plan, stay away from the gym. Do nothing. Just take a rest day. 
  • On the other hand, if you can stick to the plan for your recovery day, you might improve your overall recovery. The difference isn’t dramatic, but every little bit adds up.


A recovery day increases blood flow and alleviates psychological stress.


These two things can boost the recovery and adaptation process. Low-intensity activities are suitable for recovery days.


A favorite strategy of mine is to get outside for a brisk 20-minute walk. Walking increases blood flow and will aid recovery, especially to your legs, but is still low intensity. It does not interfere with recovery from prior training or performance in subsequent sessions.


Another right choice is a mobility routine.


A whole-body mobility flow can be a productive strategy for recovery days. 


The key is to remember that recovery days should involve more general fitness movements in a less-structured training environment at lower intensities than routine training.


Avoid any high-intensity style training, an excessive-duration or a novel activity, and anything strenuous. Recovery day sessions should be lighter and shorter than typical training sessions. They should promote healing, not feel like a workout.


The clue is in the name—Recovery!


Eke Out Exercise Recovery

This article is the shortest one in this series by some margin. The reason is that these healing strategies are less effective than the other factors I’ve covered.


If you find you are investing more time, money, and energy in the healing methods in this article than those in the first three installments, then you’re missing out on a better healing.


If, however, you’ve ticked off all the other elements from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of our exercise recover series then, you can eke out some additional healing capacity by implementing the techniques covered here.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.