Runners: Cycling is the perfect complementary activity, because it maintains leg strength and cardio fitness while giving your legs a break from the pounding of running.
Cyclists: Running and rowing are both great options for active recovery because they can help to develop your quads, core and glutes.
Swimmers: Swimmers are notorious for avoiding any activity that doesn't involve ploughing up and down the pool, but if you want to take a break from endless laps, rowing builds strength in the shoulders, arms, legs and core, all of which can translate into better performance once you're back in the water.
Stretching: Flexibility workouts should be a part of your regular program, but are particularly important after a hard workout. Be sure to stretch as part of your cool down, later in day (before bed is a good time), and on 'recovery' days.
So next time that you're feeling sore from a long hard session, experiment with active recovery. Chances are you'll recover quicker and be ready sooner for that next tough workout.
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