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It is good include other forms of exercise in your training programme to enhance recovery both physically and mentally.
Pilates, Yoga, swimming, gentle martial arts like Chi Kung or Tai Chi or other non-impact exercises are ideal.
If you choose something you find enjoyable and relaxing, you are more likely to have the mental strength to stay motivated and stick to your training programme.
Gentle exercise is also better than complete rest for physical recovery too because by stimulating circulation you are improving the blood flow to the recovering muscles and joints.
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