So I successfully completed my personal stair challenge on Monday – it worked out to be 10 repetitions up 10 floors worth of stairs. I kept the pace higher than I thought I would and I took 2 stairs at a time. I did rest and get some fresh air after 5 repetitions. I walked down the 10 floors worth of stairs as rest. There is some muscle soreness in my legs however I would say that most people will limit the pace at which they take the stairs effectively enough that the soreness will not be that bad for anyone. This series of posts is ongoing so I have to tell you about today!
Due to my sprinting past today was an active recovery day. By active recovery I mean that I use a light workout to promote fluid flow with the aim of promoting physiological recovery. The end goal of physiological recovery is to speed the movement of waste products produced by a previous bout of exercise.
Now that I have rambled about why I did a workout today I might as well tell what I did! I lightly jogged each floor of my building…sounds simple for the concept that I explained before right? Not really. The idea is to just speed up your physiological processes to kick start them while not fatiguing yourself. The term “Active Recovery” should imply that the aim is not to get tired, the aim is to recover.
To be slightly more clear on what I did – I jogged one floor of my building then walked up the stairs to the next floor and repeated this until I got to the top floor when I turned around and jogged each floor back down. The whole process took me 15 minutes and, at the moment, I feel much more relaxed.
Stay tuned as I keep increasing my fitness at home while using sound principles for health!