We have talked about the benefits of exercising many times by now in our articles. Today, we’ll turn the other way around and talk about what’s happening to your body when you stop exercising.


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We all have our lazy days, or even months, when we simply cannot do anything, let alone exercise. If you can’t get back on track with your regular workout routine, make sure to know the consequences to your body and mind. Perhaps they will be a sufficient motivation for you to return to the gym or start running again.

What Happens To Your Body And Mind When You Stop Exercising
Blood Insulin Levels Increase

After weeks of no exercise, the insulin sensitivity decreases, and therefore, our body must produce more insulin to do the same job. When an increased amount of insulin circulates the body, not being properly used, certain inflammations may develop and hurt our overall health. Over time, the high levels of insulin increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Muscle Mass Loss

After you skip a few workouts, your muscle mass will start to relax. Your muscles will tire more easily, and some of them will even change shape. Maintaining muscle mass is very important, especially as people age.

Body Fat Increase

Your metabolism is greatly frustrated when you stop exercising. When you start to lose muscle mass, the ability of your bowels to burn fat decreases, which results in storage of fat. However, if you maintain your muscle mass with light exercises, you also maintain your body’s ability to burn fat.

Increased Stress

When you exercise regularly, you protect yourself from the bad influence of the everyday stressful life. However, if you give up your exercise regimen, your body becomes less effective in fighting stress, and more often you will feel anxious and nervous.

Blood Pressure Rises

In days when you don’t practice, your blood pressure is much higher than in days when you exercise. If you don’t exercise for a longer period of time, you risk of having your blood pressure to be constantly high.

Decreased Libido

You’ll certainly feel the consequences to your sex life. Namely, with regular exercise, the libido increases. And, vice versa, when you stop exercising, you’ll feel less need for sexual intercourse.

Decreased Brain Activity

Exercise stimulates the growth of new cells in the brain. Consequently, if you don’t practice, your memory and concentration will weaken. Also, if you don’t practice for a week or two, the amount of gray cells will rapidly decrease.

Higher Risk Of Depression

It has been scientifically proven that exercise affects the good mood and helps in the treatment of depression, as it raises the endorphin levels in the body. If you don’t exercise, you deny yourself these good chemicals.

Many doctors recommend physical activity as a means to treat depression.

If you don’t have the time for intensive, time-consuming trainings, you can always take a walk in the park, or you can park a mile away from your office and walk to work. It’s important to move your body. Also, you can always do yoga or some light exercises in the comforts of your home.

Watch the video below, to see what happens to your body when you stop exercising.

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