Have you wanted to lose weight, you start a weight loss program and some months after you achieve you desired weight so you stop following? what happened after a couple of months?
The moment we stop exercising we lose muscle, we gain fat and we get out of shape and this negative impact can be seen in just a couple weeks.
Maintaining muscle is critical for health and when we workout with resistance training we gain muscle, the type of muscle we gain varies depending of the type of hypertrophy we worked on. When we stop doing resistance training we lose muscle tissue and strength, the muscle cells get smaller and the fat cells get bigger this is why we feel weaker if we want to lift something heavy and we start gaining weight, the more time we go without exercising the more muscle we lose and the more fat we gain.
It takes time to get in shape, to gain muscle and lose fat but if we stop working out it just take a couple of months to start losing all those gains and fitness that we worked so hard to achieve.
Exercise helps our heart to pump blood to our entire body, it improves the flow of oxygen through our body too, it helps with adequate use and absorption of nutrients, improves strength, coordination, balance; we won´t get all the benefits from both cardio and resistance training which will impact negatively our body and health. We´ll feel tired faster, low in energy, it will takes us more time to do any physical activity, we lose endurance, bone density decreases and lack of exercise also affects our brain, mood and quality of sleep. Exercise has a lot of benefits that get lost the moment we stop working out, it not only leads to obesity but also depression, high blood pressure, lose confidence in ourselves.
This is one of the reasons why we recommend to do some type of physical activity every day, we get benefits right after we finish our workout and we also get a lot more benefits in the long run, for some of us who don´t like to exercise we need to make it a happen and sometimes with just a couple of days of not doing it we can start creating a bad habit of not working out that will lead to skip it for long periods of time and then it will a lot of effort to develop this habit.
The best option is to do some days resistance training, other days cardio and take one day of if you want to or use if for active recovery which means that you may not have a workout but you can go for a walk in the park which is great because you get sunlight exposure or practice a sport you like, you can also go to a mall and walk there for 30 minutes (do not buy ice cream or any other unhealthy snacks, leave those for cheat meals and special occasions) the goal is to get some type of physical activity every day.
If for some reason you can´t workout because of an injury, travel or vacation try to get back to the gym as fast as possible always making sure that you´re injury free and you´re allowed to start working out again.
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