Ideas for a day of active rest
Talking a beautiful walk is the best idea for a rest day. You get to enjoy the scenery and breathe in the fresh air. You could even try hiking to test your fitness, but why not simply take the time to clear your head as you take good care of your body? A nice long walk will give you time to think and connect with yourself on a deeper level.
In the gym
If you don’t have time to play a sport outside, like football, basketball, volleyball, tennis or if the weather conditions don’t permit it, you can hit the gym even on a day of active rest. Be careful, though, not to put tension. Put your favorite music on your headphones, relax, and use the rowing machine or the bike. You want to train at a low-moderate pace and enjoy yourself.
Water relaxes the muscles, and it’s an excellent form of active resting. The movements in the water are soothing, and blood flow is accelerated without exerting yourself. Swim at your own pace and enjoy the flow.
On an active rest day, you could also try stretching. It helps the muscles to stay flexible, and it also enables you to keep your blood flow going, which is imperative to recovery.
A yoga class
You can look for a yoga class that will help you to focus your efforts and improve your flexibility and mobility. Yoga and, especially, Ashtanga reproduces familiar positions and stretches muscle groups that are often used in CrossFit. Yoga complements perfectly any strength training, as it lengthens the muscles and helps their recovery.
Pilates is also a good way to have an active rest day when you want to stretch and not tighten your muscles.
Your body will be grateful for any diversion from its daily schedule.
After an active rest day, your body will be in better shape than before and ready to face an intense workout the next day.