Cycling – If the weather is on your side, you can always get some fresh air and hit the trails on your bicycle. Not only will the outdoors lift your mood, but you can easily tailor your cycle around your day. Or maybe you’d prefer an indoor rest day workout, such as low intensity spinning?
Swimming – Rest day or no rest day, swimming is great for those in need of low-impact exercise that doesn’t aggravate sore joints. Even if you are recovering from injury, swimming will help you ensure you don’t miss a workout.
Walking and Hiking – Easily one of the lowest intensity workouts, is walking. Just using your time to get out and about is the perfect way to keep your body healthy and ensure your muscles are able to ease on a rest day. However, hiking can burn some serious calories. The brisk speeds and gradual incline will keep your cardiovascular health on your down days.
Yoga – While yoga is not known to be a high calorie-burner, it can be great for a recovery day as maintaining the health of your mind as well as your body is vital. As there is a lot of stretching, flexibility exercises and stability work, it really helps to open up the body and loosen any tension that may be lingering from Monday’s HIIT class.