Are you familiar with the term “detraining”? This is a term used by experts to define a certain phenomenon – situation when a person has stopped exercising and from that moment that person starts seeing or feeling the consequences. Lots of people does not know, not only about the term, but what are exactly consequences when you stop with your regular trainings.
You can see below how your health suffers when you stop regularly exercising:
Your blood pressure gets higher
Did you know that on the days you don’t exercise your blood pressure is higher? However, think about this – if your blood pressure is higher on the days you don’t exercise, what happens when you stop exercising? The answer is logical – your blood pressure is on average higher every day, than it should have been.
Your blood sugar increases
One of the latest researches have shown that blood sugar is lower on the days when you exercise and that it is higher on the days you are resting. Every time you eat, the levels of sugar in your blood increase, but every time you exercise, the levels of sugar in your blood decrease, because your muscles turn that sugar into energy. Furthermore, the same research claims that if you don’t start exercising, you are at risk of getting diabetes and heart disease.
You lose breath more easily
One study has shown that just two weeks after stopping going to the gym decreases your VO2 max for about 20 percent. If you don’t know VO2 max is the measure used in fitness, to assess how much oxygen your muscles can use. Furthermore, experts say that if you have recently started with fitness plan and then decided to stop, you are going to lose everything you got, while exercising.
Your muscles start to shrink
It is known that you lose endurance much faster than strength when you stop exercising, however, depending on your lifestyle, you could start losing muscle mass just few weeks after you have stopped working out. Some studies have shown that a person can lose all hard work done in the gym (months and months) in just two weeks of complete rest. There is a simple solution – start exercising right away. You will need more time to rebuild that muscle mass than you needed to lose it.
You get fatter
Experts say that within a week your muscles start losing their ability to burn fat and your metabolism starts slowing down. After three or more weeks, all that potential that your muscles had for burning fat is gone and if you continue to eat the same amount of food as you did while working out, your body will begin to store fat in your body (some studies have shown that in these situations, fat first appears in your stomach and then spreads evenly on other parts of your body). On the other hand, take the time you spent resting and double it – that way you will get the amount of time that you are going to need to get back in the state before you stopped working out.