The effects of not getting enough exercise The effects of not getting enough exercise

When you stop exercising, the body loses part of the progress it has made and your mood also becomes affected. Read on to learn about the importance of exercise.

According to the Nacional Institute for Physical Education in Cataluña, when you quit doing regular exercise, you run the risk of having heart disease, chronic diseases and metabolic disorders as well as other conditions caused by inactivity.

According to this institute, significant muscle loss becomes evident eight weeks after quitting your training routine. Also, muscle glycogen – an element in the muscles that provides the energy needed for muscle contraction processes to occur – can reduce by up to 40%.

As the U.S.-based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states, the body also loses its strength and if you continue to consume the same amount of food, the percentage of your fat intake will rise, which can lead to changes in how cholesterol is metabolized, in arterial morphology and can cause weight gain.

How can you prevent this from happening?

Practice a form of exercise that you enjoy on a regular basis. In addition to going to the gym, there are other alternatives that you may enjoy such as dancing, yoga, TRX (suspension training), trail running, etc.

Before beginning any sports activity, do 30 minutes of low-impact, pain-free exercise using proper technique. Increasing your daily intake of protein is also important to prevent losing muscle mass during this time.

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