I have been working out for 17 years and the older I get the more I realize the importance of Active Recovery. What in the world is Active Recovery you might ask? It is a method of recovering from the muscle damage and lactic acid build up that is caused by intense workouts. It has many benefits and is something that I feel everyone should do. It is not very time consuming and can be done at home. Although, most advanced lifters might need to perform a small workout in order to effectively flood the muscles with nutrient rich blood to heal their damaged muscles.
The beginner and some intemediate trainees can get away with a short workout. This workout will probably contain some prehab exercises with a light dumbells and some body weight warm-up exercises. I know that the last thing that most people want to do after a tough workout is a small workout, but trust me it will do wonders for you workouts. Mentally you will be more alert for your next workout, the quicker recovery will allow you to lift at a higher level, and you will improve mobility and work capacity with the extra workouts. These workouts should not last more than 20 minutes.