Often, when athletes feel sore after a tough game or workout, they want a day off. However, while they should rest, some low intensity exercise improves your ability to recover.
“The light workout quickens healing and lessens soreness by speeding up the flow of nutrients to your muscles, and this increased flow helps repair the tissue,” says Charles Staley, director of Staley Training Systems in the May 2009 Men’s Health.
However, the point is not work out again. Instead:
Devote 20 minutes to some kind of total-body activity such as walking, bicycling or calistentics.
So, the day after the game, rather than sitting around all day, engage in Active Rest: do some light exercise to get your blood flowing and help your recovery.