- Published: Thursday, 11 May 2017 17:26
Working out and staying fit is necessary for everyone to boost health and wellness. Whether you are the occasional walker or are the devoted fitness guru in the gym everyday, something is bound to arise that keeps you from exercising. Taking a break every now and again is beneficial.
This prevents burn out and prevents injury. Have you ever wondered how long you can go without exercising before you start to lose your gains? Whether an injury puts you on the sidelines or a busy life schedule prevents normal exercise, the benefits from being physical start to decline after 1.5-2 weeks without fitness.
Cardio output, workload and Vo2 max decline after 2 weeks. In fact, Vo2 max, the measurement of how much oxygen is used, drops 20 percent in these first 2 weeks. For the average person this isn't that crucial, but for competition athletes this can be the difference in winning or not placing at all.
After about 3 weeks without lifting, muscle mass falls victim to atrophy causing you to lose the strength and fitness in your physique. In general most athletes can take a break from exercise for about 4 weeks before speed, power, and coordination starts to be affected.
As with many side effects, age plays a vital role in how time out of the gym will affect the body. Since older people already have lost some of the natural muscle size and strength, time off from exercise hits them a little harder.
Just because you are kept away from exercise for a period doesn't mean all of your hard work is lost. Muscle has memory and within a couple of weeks back at it, you will look and feel like your new self again.