It’s easy for life to get in the way of going to the gym. Sunny skies can entice us to skip the treadmill and hit the beach while a growing inbox at work can make you find yourself at the office later and later.
The trainers at Pro-Fit Health and Fitness in Boonton, NJ, reassure you that it’s normal and even healthy to skip the gym every once in awhile. However, it doesn’t take long to mess up your fitness schedule and get out of shape.
It Takes Just Two Weeks
A study from the Journal of Applied Physiology found that participants who forwent their workouts for just 14 days experienced a significant reduction in their cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity.
The exact effect depends on the type of activities you perform because your muscles contain both slow-twitch (type I) and fast-twitch (type II) muscle fibers. The former is connected to endurance performance while the latter are more powerful and help power the body through high-intensity or strength training.
Your sport-specific muscle fibers will begin changing after this two-week time period, according to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. This means that, while your overall strength might stick around for longer, you’ll lose the hard-earned benefits of any specialized training if you’re an endurance or power athlete.
You’ll Lose Strength & Endurance
You don’t really use your fast-twitch fibers unless you’re working out. Your slow-twitch muscle fibers become engaged during day-to-day activities, like walking and sitting at your desk, while those slow-twitch fibers lay dormant. This explains why you might lose your ability to squat heavy weights before you lose your running speed.
Your Blood Pressure Will Spike
Your blood pressure will most likely be impacted right away. Your blood pressure is already naturally higher on days when you skip your workout, and within one month, your stiffening arteries and veins will match those of a couch potato.
Your Blood Sugar Levels Will Stay Elevated
Your blood glucose naturally rises after you eat, dropping off again once your muscles and tissues have converted the sugar from your food to energy. A suddenly sedentary lifestyle will keep your blood sugar levels elevated longer after you’ve digested your lunch.
Pro-Fit Health and Fitness makes it hard to skip the gym. The health club offers a variety of group fitness classes, as well as personal training, nutrition counseling, sports performance training, and other options. From yoga and weight lifting to HIIT and aerobics, the Boonton, NJ, gym makes it easy to get off the couch and get fit. Learn more about their membership options online, or call (973) 257-0050 to speak with one of the trainers.