We all know that exercising is great for our mental and physical health. It makes us feel and look good, makes us happy, confident, improves memory and improves the quality of life overall. It takes lots of work, dedication, consistency, and motivation to stay healthy and fit. However, sometimes life gets in a way and we skip a workout or a few and all the hard work goes down the drain. When you stop exercising, your body goes through many physical changes which can become unhealthy.
Termination of Exercise Harms your Heart and Lungs.
When you stop cardio conditioning for a few weeks you stop strengthening your heart and lungs. Your heart muscle is made stronger when you exercise but once you stop your exercise regimen, it harms your blood flow and your heart.
Blood Pressure Rises.
Consistent working out usually lowers your blood pressure. Therefore, when you stop exercising it spikes it up. After not exercising for a while your blood pressure will return to where it was prior to starting any exercise routine. Start back slow once you are ready to go back into exercise to prevent the risk of cardio events such as heart attack.
Termination of Exercise Affects Muscles and Joints.
Consistency gives you benefits of strength and flexibility. You will lose muscle mass and strength if you stop consistent exercise. After just 2 weeks of sitting still, your muscles get weaker and your metabolism slows down which causes a weight gain and a higher fat percentage.
Termination of Exercise Affects the Brain.
Your brain releases endorphins when you exercise, so quitting makes you irritable, stressed out and in a bad mood. The positive mood regulating effects of exercise will disappear once you stop exercising.
Exercising is the best medicine for depression and anxiety. It boosts your:
- improves your mood
- overall well being.
Regular exercise also helps memory function and attention keeps you learning and thinking.
Exercising is a great way to feel better, boost your health and simply have fun. Physical activity can be enjoyable.
- Find something that you like whether dancing, running, hiking and get into it.
- It gives you a chance to unwind, have some time for yourself, connect with family and friends and engage in activities that make you happy.
- Being healthy and fit keeps your muscles, bones, and joints healthy and active.
- The more active you are, the better your blood flows, the better your heart and lungs work.
Being active and fit is a better quality of life.