If you’re someone who exercises regularly (3-4 times a week) you know how off you can start to feel if you miss a day or two.
But what actually happens to your body if you quit cold turkey and take a week or more off from working out?
Muscle tone diminishes
If you hit the gym and exercise regularly, chances are you build up some muscle definition and tone. You may notice that when you’ve stopped exercising regularly, you may lose some of your muscle tone. Naturally, when we stop utilizing our muscles and making progress lifting weights, our muscle definition will diminish and we won’t be able to lift the same weight we used to.
Higher risk of depression
The American Journal of Preventative Medicine has found that individuals who don’t exercise are at a higher risk of experiencing depression. Exercising releases endorphins in the body causing us to feel happier, so when we stop exercising we may experience feelings of sadness or higher levels of stress throughout our day.
More likely to get sick
When we stop exercising, we’re at a higher risk of major diseases (including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure). Exercising can help our body fight off these things and infections, so when we stop exercising we can experience illnesses such as cold or flu more often.
Choosing unhealthy foods
When we stop exercising, it can actually make us crave convenient, fast foods. When we exercise regularly, we are more likely to crave nutritious foods to fuel our bodies properly for the work we are doing.
Harder time sleeping
When we exercise we release stress from our bodies which can help us sleep better at night. Once we stop exercising regularly, our bodies can hold onto that extra nervous energy, and make it more difficult for us to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.
Even though working out is good for our health and overall quality of life, there is such a thing as too much exercise though, so remember to listen to your body and rest when you need to.
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc.