Let’s be brutally honest here: almost everyone who starts to work out at some point gives up, even if they restart after some time. There are several reasons behind why this might happen, usually, it’s the lack of motivation to keep up, other times, all those cramps and sore muscles just give us a signal that it wasn’t a good idea to begin with (don’t listen to them). But it does happen, to the best of us. But in all honesty, if you were to know the kind of changes your body, as well as your mind, goes through when you bring a halt to your exercise routine or you start to skip, you might as well give it a second thought the next time you want to give in to the urge to stop. Because none of it is healthy, at least not in your favor. Read ahead and then you get to decide.
This is something a lot of us may experience when we skip weeks from our workout routine and then get back on track: your strength isn’t the same anymore and neither is the stamina to go through long stretches of time doing specific movements, that you were able to easily pull off the last time you did them. Even though things are different with ‘endurance’, something that is harder to let go off, strength is something you do lose.
Go through a month of not working out, not hitting the treadmill and boom! Hello, muffin top! Hello, increased waist circumference and hello fat, my old friend! One of the most common effects of giving up on your exercise especially after you have been regular on it for months now is this. You start gaining weight in places that you’d least want to. All that hard work flushed down the drain, goodbye.
Ever noticed how you suddenly get so chirchira for no reason at all? Or you feel fatigued? All of that gradually takes place after you drop your exercising, and it’s honestly dreadful. Makes you wonder what the hell is happening to you. The truth is, with your brain having an increased and healthy amount of blood flow during your workout days, skipping on that affects the blood flow especially to the areas of the brain that are in charge of regulating your emotions.
Changes in blood pressure and sugar levels
Not a concern for healthy individuals, but those suffering from hypertension when skip working out, their blood pressure levels are more likely to elevate. Exercise helps regulate them and you might be missing out on that. Secondly, it also helps regulate the blood sugar levels, which remain elevated if you stop exercising, hence putting you at risk for diabetes and coronary diseases.
NOTE: Whereby it’s crucial to keep exercise as a regular part of your lifestyle, do keep in mind that you gradually make your way back into the fitness world after that break. Before you start off with high-intensity workouts, ease up a little and allow your body to get back in rhythm instead of injuring your muscles by putting all that pressure at once.