5 Biggest Differences To Your Health When You Stop Exercising


Not very many people enjoy working out at the gym everyday. Some people think they want to workout and then decide after two or three months they are not interested in pushing themselves to engage in workouts.

When you stop working out it is referred to as detraining.

When you stop your workouts, either because you are ill or injured or you are working longer hours or you simply choose to take a break, it does not take very long before your body starts to lose the benefits you received from your workouts.

If you have been working out regularly for a long time and are in good physical condition when you cease workouts you will still regain some of the benefits you accrued from your training. If you only worked out for a short time and stop you will not retain any benefits from the previous workouts and may even be worse that before you started exercising.

Some of the changes that will occur to your body when you stop working out include:

  1. Your blood pressure will rise. When you exercise your blood vessels function more efficiently. When you do not exercise your blood vessels adjust to a slower flow and your blood pressure can go up a few points until you reach the blood pressure level you had before you began exercising.
  2. Your cardio fitness level will decrease. VO2 max is a measure of fitness determining how much oxygen the body can transport to be used by your muscles. When you stop exercising the VO2 max level rapidly decreases. Within just a couple of weeks you may find yourself becoming out of breath after simply climbing a few stairs.

tired-workout-art_03. Your flexibility will decrease rapidly and your muscles will wither Your muscles and tendons will start going back to their resting length after you have stopped stretching them. After a couple of weeks of not using them you will experience a decline in your muscle mass. Your muscles will also lose some fat burning potential and your metabolism will slow down.

4. Your blood sugar level can rise. When you eat your blood glucose level will rise. It will drop when your body uses the sugar it needs for energy as you move the body. When you stop working out and primarily sit your blood sugar levels can rise since the blood glucose is not needed to fuel energy.

5. Your body will appear heavier. When you stop exercising and begin to lose your muscle mass your body will increase its body fat. You will appear heavier than before when you had some muscle tone.

Even if you are a slacker when it comes to sticking with a workout program it is better than never working out. Always being sedentary is much worse than engaging in exercise sporadically. For your best health some regular exercise at least several times a week is the best option for you.. Of course, a more intense workout schedule is even better for you. Don’t throw away gains that you have accomplished by working out by stopping just because you don’t feel like committing to the exercise. For most people it is very easy to stop your workout program and hard to make yourself begin again.

When you stop working out for just one week it will take at least three weeks to gain back the benefits you lost during the week off.