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10 things that happen to your body when you stop exercising

Typical that the holidays or the holiday season begin and rains the excuses for not exercising. Check what happens to your body when you leave the training sessions and why it is a bad idea.
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Typical that the holidays or the holiday season begin and rains the excuses for not exercising. We have many commitments, meetings, shopping, laziness and/or cold, so we change the gym for evenings with friends or at home. Check what happens to your body when you leave the training sessions and why it is a bad idea.

1. Goodbye muscles

After interrupting the exercise “the loss of muscle mass and bone health do not recover easily and may increase the risk of serious injuries,” said Dr. Miho J. Tanaka and added that it also increases the risk of joint pain or back.

Training experts agree that the area where you lose muscle depends on the type of exercise you stop doing. For example, if you are a runner, your leg muscles may lose strength and size; If you lift weights, any muscle that works regularly will "deflate."

2. Hi fat

One of the first consequences (or at least the most notorious and predictable) is to gain weight. "Metabolic activity decreases with the lack of physical production, which leads to weight gain if there are no adjustments in food intake," said Kames Shapiro, a personal trainer based in New York.

Since your body's energy demands are lower, you will have to eat less if you don't want to gain extra kilos.

3. Blood sugar is out of control

Keeping blood sugar levels stable decreases the risk of weight gain, fatigue, and diabetes, as well as heart and metabolic diseases.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology revealed that participants who followed an aerobic strength and training regimen for eight months improved their blood glucose levels, but almost half of them lost those benefits after only 12 days of leaving the exercise.

4. Increases the risk of depression, stress, and anxiety

We know that physical activity helps us produce endorphins, the happiness hormone, so this is reduced. The brain also receives less blood that goes to the hippo-campus, as it does when a person is exercising.

A study by the University of Adelaide found that stopping exercise can increase depressive symptoms after only three days.

5. Trouble sleeping well

Regular training helps you fall asleep faster and get a deep and restful rest, which makes you wake up more alert.

If you leave it you will lose these benefits in just a couple of days.

6. You lose strength and flexibility

It takes a good time for your body to grasp the condition, especially for cardio. But only a couple of weeks of inactivity are enough for it to decrease considerably.

In addition, by not stretching for some time, the muscles and tendons begin to retract to their typical resting length.

That is, if you leave the gym completely in December, when you return in January you will have to practically start from scratch.

7. Fragile bones

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise (especially lifting weights, walking and jogging) is essential to maintain bone strength and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Sitting most of the day causes your bone density to decrease faster.

8. Circulation problems

By abandoning training and reducing muscle work, the body consumes less oxygen and generates less carbon dioxide. Circulation slows and blood volume decreases.

It also reduces the viscosity of the blood, which tends to thicken compared to the moment we were fit. Therefore, the risk of varicose veins or clots increases.

9. Increase blood pressure

According to South African researchers, after two weeks of not exercising the blood vessels begin to harden and the pressure may begin to increase.

In another study, Japanese scientists discovered that after three sedentary months, endurance athletes experienced an increase in arterial stiffness, which contributes to a rise in blood pressure. After 12 months of not training, that rigidity made it even more significant.

10. Taking up the exercise will be a challenge

The difficulty of restarting your fitness routine will depend primarily on your previous fitness level. According to Forbes, the more fit you are, the less time it will take to recover your old fitness levels.

It is very normal that at this time you can not continue with your 100% fitness routine, but try not to abandon it completely.

Take care of your body until the last day of the year!
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