Did you know that taking some time away from your exercise routine can be beneficial? Yes, anywhere from a day or two, up to a week, can give your body the rest it needs to recharge, recover, and come back better.
But, at the other end of the spectrum, in far too many cases, one week off can easily lead to 10 days, then two weeks, and so on and so forth. Soon after, all the momentum and benefits you gained can quickly disappear, and youâre right back where you started.
No Time to Exercise Today?
When times get busy, fitness is often the first thing people do away with, because itâs easy to come up with excuses. Maybe you donât have the time or energy to go for a walk or a jog, the gym is too crowded, or itâs the season finale of Dancing with the Stars. But when you neglect fitness and activity for two weeks or longer, your body notices and changes occur.
After about two weeks without exercise, your body will begin to lose lean muscle mass (good weight), your level of cardiovascular fitness will decrease, and youâll also experience lower levels of insulin sensitivity. None of these things are good for your health and they can all happen relatively quickly.
Of course, the fitter you are, the longer it might take for changes to take place. If youâve been exercising for years, the changes will be slower than if youâve been doing it for less time.
Ease Back Into Your Workout Routine
If you have taken time away from your normal exercise routine for an extended period, itâs important to ease back into things. Because you have not been using certain muscles, youâll surely notice a drop off in your strength, endurance, and abilities, so donât force things and increase your risk of injury. Take some time to re-acclimate yourself and work your way back to where you were in a slow, steady, and safe fashion.
For example, if you performed resistance exercise, you were using your type-2 âfast twitchâ muscles. These are the muscles that grow under tension through resistance training. They are why your biceps feel larger after you exercise. When you stop this type of training and these muscles are no longer active, they lose mass.
On the other hand, endurance training uses your type-1 âslow twitchâ muscles. When you stop endurance training, the effects arenât as great, because you utilize these type-1 muscles every day when you walk, grab something from your desk, or perform any motion.
That being said, when you do endurance exercise, type-2 âaâ muscles act as type-1 fibers, so if you cut back on endurance exerciseâlike running or joggingâthese muscles will rescind and performance will decrease.
When you keep up with your exercise routine, you stay strong, retain muscle mass, and maintain insulin sensitivity. All of this can help prevent diabetes, improve your heart function, and keep blood pressure at healthy levels. So if youâve taken some time off, get back to it and experience all the benefits exercise has to offer!
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Source for Todayâs Article:
Fetters, K.A., âWhat happened to your body by skipping the gym this winter?â CNN web site, March 24, 2015; http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/23/health/body-skipping-gym/index.html, last accessed March 25, 2015.