The winter months may have ruined your attempts to stay and shape, and now that its all over, you may be thinking or getting back onto your workout routine. But what really happens to your body while you hit pause during the winter?
Skipping gym may seem easy, and yes, occasionally, it could be good to take a break from those workouts, but missing workout sessions more often can actually have an impact on your body pretty quickly.
Experts are of the opinion that the speed at which you tend to ‘lose shape’ depends upon two factors- the level of fitness you were at before, and how long you carried on exercising.
Apparently, the longer you stay in shape and the fitter you are, the longer it will take your muscles to lose the weight that you gained while you took the break.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to keep gymming without any breaks. Experts believe that having a break lasting as long as a week could be okay, and this break can actually do good for the body- give it the much needed rest and boost muscle recovery.
The findings of a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology says that after you hit a 14 day mark of abstinence from the gym, the body starts to experience a loss in cardiovascular fitness, insulin sensitivity and lean muscle mass.
To add to that, the type of exercise that you skipped during this break also plays an important role. For instance, if you were undergoing strength training and high intensity exercises, you could experience a big change when you get back in the gym.
So now that the news’s hit you, what should you do? Experts say that you must consider easing into your workout, especially if you took a long time off. Don’t set unrealistic expectations and go slow with your workout routine.