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  What Happens When
You Skip More Workouts?

…The Effects of Detraining On Our Bodies

    Detraining is the termination of exercise and is a huge concern for professional athletes who get injured.

    There’s always this fear looming overhead that makes you believe everything you’ve gained from years of exercising will be lost in a matter of weeks.

    This fear is manifested in careless acts such as running under a blizzard or pushing through with one’s regular routine despite a burning fever.

    The truth is, the effects of detraining are not manifested as soon as you maylady finding time to keep fit think.

    Studies have shown that the rate at which many fitness elements go down are about the same as the rate at which they increase.

    The myths about detraining:

    One of the most common myths we hear about people who stop exercising is that their “muscles will turn into fat.”

    This is physiologically impossible, as muscle cells and fat cells are totally different from each other and are structured in different ways.

    Neither could fat cells “disappear” when exercising and “reappear” during detraining.

    What does happen, though, is that muscle cells could atrophy over time and fat cells grow bigger when it is not burned in exercise.

    The ill effects of the cessation of exercise also depend on the following factors:

  1. Your level of fitness prior to detraining;
  2. The fitness aspect involved (flexibility, strength, endurance, flexibility, etc.); and
  3. The preventive measures you adopt.

    It’s crucial to take preventive measures because although there are no drastic changes to the state of your fitness in the first few days, over the weeks, detraining becomes a health concern.

    One of the changes you’d initially notice is tiring easily after a long walk or a stair climb. There would also be a drop in overall energy level, heart fitness, flexibility, and muscle strength if you’re waylaid for about ten weeks.

    Additionally, all of the calories you now couldn’t burn would be stored as fat.

    As your weight increases, so would your resting heart rate, cholesterol level, and your blood pressure.

    And what of the factors that can’t easily be measured?

    A few of the psychological effects of detraining are depression, mood swings, and a drop in confidence levels. Remember how endorphins, the feel-good hormones, increase during exercise? You’ll definitely feel their effects (or lack of them) during detraining.

    What you can do about it:

    It’s much easier to do something about the situation if your detraining is due to injury. If it’s due to laziness, then that’s another story! Below are a few suggestions on how you can compensate for the absence of a regular workout:

  1. Do a couple of weight training sessions each week.
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    Research has shown that muscle mass and strength can be maintained by just having one weight training session every week.

    Definitely recommended for those who detrain because of a hectic schedule. Resume your regular sessions as soon as possible.

  2. To prevent gaining weight due to caloric consumption, calculate the approximate amount of calories you used to burn with exercise, and reduce your caloric intake by that same amount.

  3. If you have been doing aerobic workouts, you can cut the usual duration and frequency by half but exercise at the same intensity in order to arrest any loss of stamina.

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