There are many reasons why you have to put a stop to your daily workout routine. Sometimes life gets in the way, or you’re suddenly hit with a wave of sheer laziness. But before you stop exercising, you should know what happens to your body after taking two weeks off. From sleep deprivation to lack of attention and focus, you’ll probably want to start exercising right away after reading this.
1. YOU START TO FEEL THE EFFECTS TWO WEEKS AFTER YOU STOP
Two weeks might not seem like much, but unfortunately for your muscles, they are. That’s the time it takes for you to lose all the progress you made up to that point. Also, your muscle strength and stamina take a dive as well.
2. EVEN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE WILL TAKE ITS TOLL
You can also feel the effects of doing less exercise. Activities like running up the stairs take a lot more out of you. You’ll even notice a change in muscle tone and definition.
3. YOUR MANLY PARTS WON’T WANT TO PERFORM
A 2015 study linked the lack of exercise with erectile dysfunction. Men who exercised more have a better sex life. Heart problems are also something to consider here, and since exercise helps with your cardiovascular health, it’s easy to see the correlation.
4. ALL THAT STRESS COMES BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE BUTT
Exercise releases endorphins and dopamine, which in turn helps with dealing with stress and the struggles of daily life. So you can totally guess what happens when these hormones are depleted in your body,
5. YOU WON’T FALL ASLEEP AS EASILY
Exercising is one of the main ways to combat sleep deprivation, and if you are tired at the end of the day, you’ll quickly fall asleep. But if you don’t exercise, you might find it harder to sleep at night.
6. YOU’LL FEEL SLUGGISH ALL DAY
If you exercise at least 150 minutes per week you’ll feel more alert during the day because it drives more blood to the brain, which in turn helps with alertness and problem solving.
7. YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY WILL BE REDUCED
No matter how much or how intense it is, exercise will increase your life expectancy. Combined with the right diet, you could end up adding 2 to 10 years to your lifespan. So who wouldn’t want to be as fit as this old fella?
8. THE LONGER YOU WAIT THE HARDER IT GETS
A study on muscle deterioration found that young men take six weeks to gain the same muscle they lost in just two. That means that you should go back to exercising as soon as possible before you lose all of your hard earned bodily rewards.
9. YOU’LL HAVE TO START OVER
Not only it will take more time to reach your previous fitness level, it will also take the same amount of strength and dedication it took the first time.
10. BUT IT’S GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK SOMETIMES
Don’t let all the other reasons scare you away from taking a break. Cutting down on your physical activities for two or three weeks at least once a year allows your nervous system to recover, muscles and connective tissue to fully repair, and other systems to recuperate from the demands of training.