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I usually go for walks or bike rides on my active rest days. I don't worry about getting a good sweat or getting my heartrate super-high -- I need the rest in order for my muscles to repair themselves enough to work out at a high intensity the other days.
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My active rest days usually Quickies (very, very short exercises, usually less than 5-min). I still want to get some rest but at same keeping my streak of being active :D
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I take a 45 minute deep water aquacise class on my two active rest days. It is a nice offset to the high impact BR workouts because it is no impact on the joints. The class I chose is also more cardio focused - there are deep water classes that are strength focused, but I get enough of that with BR :)
Active rests I'm usually doing some kind of walking or rollerblading some where. Whenever I get a bike I'll use that on active rest days as well. Or running around after my 4 years in the park makes for a great active rest day.
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There's no need to worry about getting your heart rate up on an active rest day, especially if you are doing BR the other six days.
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You are doing better than I am- I think you just need to find your own routine. if you think you need more than a walk on your rest day then run or try some other cardio.
I was missing cardio so I started doing 2 HIIT cardio sessions a week and 4 BR and only walking on the 7th day
What do you do on your active rest days? I have been BR 6 days a week and walking for an hour on my rest day. Not sure if this is good enough... my AHR is only around 130 with a max at 165 when I go up a couple hills.