Couch or Bike for best recovery?

After an event or a ride with a high level of strain, where the next day my legs feel pretty shot, what is best to accelerate recovery the next day, the couch or very easy riding?

Given the choice, I always choose and prescribe to my athletes, active recovery in the form of easy spin over lying around and doing nothing. Active recovery promotes blood flow to tired and sore legs that will improve removal of the evil humors that can build up during those hard efforts and allow for restoration of depleted building blocks needed for healing and repair. Furthermore, moving the legs prevents the onset of stiffness and decreased flexibility that can come from laying on the couch.

Hope this is helpful!


I had to get up from my couch to write this, so it’s already helping:)