If you spend the majority of your week lifting, that’s great. But between workouts, you have to take time off to allow your muscles to recover, or you won’t max the strength-building goals you’re working so hard to accomplish. Recovery, though, doesn’t mean chilling in front of the TV or indulging in unhealthy food until you’re sick. What you do on off-days is just as crucial as what you do in the gym. So we asked BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S and owner of StreamFit.com to weigh in on muscle rehabilitation, and how you can break the couch potato habit. Here’s his four favorite ways to effectively supplement your workout with time off.

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