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Why an Active Rest Day Feels Better Than Couch Time

May 19 2015 - 12:02am

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Best news ever! If you want to get stronger, you have to rest. Your muscles need time to repair themselves — this is when the strengthening actually happens. Part of our Better-Body Challenge [2] is taking a little time off to give your body a chance to recuperate and recharge. But your recovery will be faster if you keep active. Really! Get your blood flowing to help feed your weary muscles, and take yourself for a 20-minute stroll, then give your muscles some TLC. Here's our simple prescription for making the most of your rest day.


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A weekly massage would be great for your body but not so great for your wallet. Instead, invest in a foam roller [3] for some DIY [4] muscle relief. Rolling out smooth knotted muscles and prime tight spots for stretching. Here are three resources to kick off your massage session.


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After walking and rolling, lengthen tight muscles with some stretching. Pick one or two stretches for each body part, and hold your stretches for 30 seconds each.

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