We all love to work out and to exercise almost daily. But what about the flipside of that? Becoming sedentary when you’re used to working out causes several changes to your body and affects how you look and feel.
Here’s what happens to your body when you suddenly stop exercising.
– Higher Blood Pressure
Because exercise is known to help lower blood pressure, it’s no surprise that stopping your regular workouts can cause increases in blood pressure.
-Body Weight & Fat Gains
When you’re used to regular exercise and you suddenly stop working out, you’ll likely start to notice increases in body fat and are at risk for weight gain, especially if you don’t make dietary changes when you quit exercising. If you control or reduce your calorie intake you can prevent weight gain or even lose weight, because muscle weighs more than body fat.
-Decreased Athletic Performance
When you stop exercising you’ll slowly lose endurance, power and strength, which are important components of being fit.
-Reductions in Strength & Muscle
When you stop working out for an extended period of time, your body starts to lose strength and muscle mass.
– Mood and Brain Changes
Without exercise, you have ineffective oxygen conveyance to the brain. Your body is unable to suppress chemicals that cause depression. It cannot release the chemicals that minimize depression. Occurring within a short span of time, these changes make you tired, unable to concentrate, irritable, and gloomy. They entice low self-esteem.
Taken together, it’s clear that the sudden adoption of a sedentary lifestyle, particularly after a period of regular training or exercise, has a profoundly negative effect on the body.