"9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine" Review

Need the motivation to stay consistent with your workouts or personal training sessions? Check out the eye-opening results of ditching your fitness routine for awhile (from the fitness article "9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine").

Cardiovascular Fitness Starts to Tank After One Week

Aerobic fitness is defined as the ability of the body to transport and utilize oxygen from your blood in your muscles. This measure, also known as VO2 max, decreases after as few as one to two weeks of inactivity, says Danielle Weis, doctor of physical therapy with Spring Forward Physical Therapy in New York City. “The functional capacity of the heart also decreases. After three to four weeks of bed rest, your resting heart rate increases by four to 15 beats, and blood volume decreases by five percent in 24 hours and 20 percent in two weeks.”

Personal Trainer Wisdom: While these numbers may vary from person to person, I've found similar occurrences with my personal training clients. Why does this happen so easily? With a sedentary personal and professional lifestyle, it doesn't take much to lose what you gained. You have two choices: Return to the African fields and be chased by lions (good cardio fitness, active lifestyle, greater appreciation for life, high risk of death) or schedule your personal workouts every Sunday and adapt your schedule appropriately (good cardio fitness, doing your best to be more active, appreciation for life while thinking about the lions you're avoiding, less risk of death).

You Lose Cardiovascular Fitness More Slowly If You’re a Seasoned Exerciser

If you’re new to fitness and recently started working out (less than six months), you’ll lose fitness faster than someone who’s been exercising a year or longer, says Brad Thomas, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and UCLA chief of sports medicine. “You’ll lose up to 40 percent of your cardio fitness, but your fitness VO2 max will still be higher than someone who’s never exercised,” he says. For example, you take two people: one who’s exercised regularly for two years and the other for only two months. If both stop working out, they will both lose all their gains quickly — by about six weeks. “But the well-trained athlete will lose about 40 percent and then plateau,” says Thomas. So trained athletes lose less fitness than sedentary people who’ve only recently started exercising.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: I've seen this more so with my post-pregnancy personal training clients than other populations. Women with the most active lifestyles prior and during their pregnancies recover 33% faster.

Flexibility Loss Occurs Quickly

You lose the benefits of flexibility quickly if you take any substantial time off from stretching, says Michele Olson, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. “After a bout of flexibility exercise, the muscles and tendons begin to retract to their typical resting length — particularly if you sit during your commute regularly and/or sit at a desk at your job.” Olson notes that you’ll notice a loss of flexibility in as few as three days, with even more pronounced changes occurring at the two-week mark.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: Please note: The keywords here are "flexibility exercise." Although you may need to lengthen the muscle, you may also need to activate or strengthen other muscles to maintain your new range of motion. Stretching is usually never enough to restore the balance of strength of flexibility and can lead to strains when done improperly.

Aging Affects Fitness Loss

You lose strength and overall fitness twice as quickly as you age, says Dr. Brad Thomas. “It’s largely due to hormone levels. As we age, we have lower levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which makes it harder to recover.” We also lose our ability to handle stress and recover from the resulting stress hormones, such as cortisol. As we get older, this same mechanism results in greater fatigue after a workout. Older athletes take longer to recover from workouts in general, according to several studies, including a 2008 article published in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: I know what you're thinking...and taking an HGH supplement isn't the answer to offsetting the effects of age. Do the work naturally, and your body will provide you with sustainable results.

What happens to your body when you abandon your fitness routine?

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MSN.com-Are you ready to stretch your workout beyond the chair again?

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Article Credit:

Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine " on MSN.com.
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