Active rest

Yesterday my trainer introduced me to the idea of “active rest.”

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that’s a little oxymoronic.  If you’re active you’re necessarily not resting.  This is why you don’t catch people doing sit ups while also napping.  Immediately I thought it was yet another fitness misnomer.

This website says active rest is one of three things, either stretching, hydrating, or fine-tuning your form.  My trainer has not read that website.  For him “active rest” means exercising in between your exercises.  It’s doing high knees for 45 seconds and then going right back into bench-pressing heavy weight.

And yet, it works.  It beat my ass but I felt great yesterday and am feeling pretty good, albeit gloriously sore, today.  Still, the idea of active rest makes me giggle a little bit.  :)

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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