Every time we are getting more used to our body to inactivity. We travel by car, take the elevator, television sessions, games or computer and mobile. We are suffering our bodies and closing them to a sedentary lifestyle that can bring fatal consequences.
We have the false conviction that exercising is something very sacrificing and that it leaves you exhausted. Nothing is further from reality!. Playing sports, walking to work, riding a bike, climbing stairs or taking walks with your dog activates the body to give us more energy.
On the other hand, you may think that going two or three times a week to the gym or going out for a run from time to time can calm your conscience and the reality is that it will not help you much if you later you spend all day sitting. It’s about taking every opportunity you can to keep your leather active.
When we move several times a day with these everyday situations, we activate our metabolism many times and this will positively affect our health and reduce the constant feeling of fatigue and laziness that sedentary people have.
What happens to your body when you stop exercising
When we reach a point of inactivity due to a trip, an illness, an injury, a change of life or simply due to laziness, a day may come when you stop doing anything. The less you exercise, the more tired you will be . It is so! And surely you have suffered it in your flesh at some point in your life.
If you finally decide to dedicate your time to other things, this lack of movement will end up taking its toll on your health: loss of muscle mass and loss of strength, as well as capacity to store fat increases.
Keep in mind that from the eighth week of abandoning training, the loss of muscle strength is between 7-12% and muscle glycogen is reduced by 40%.
Muscle changes are the first to be noticed. Strength is lost and its size decreases, elasticity is shortened and reduces considerably. Elite athletes lose their qualities faster when they stop training than those who do sports or exercise recreationally. The former can begin to lose muscle mass and performance after 4 weeks without training, fans of activity and sports can begin to lose after 6 to 8 weeks of inactivity.
Metabolism slows down. This means that a healthy and balanced diet and the practice of exercise allow to act on the metabolism, which otherwise uses little and, therefore, tends to accumulate energy in the form of fat. By increasing muscle mass, sport forces the metabolism to consume more energy, which is then not stored.
Another consequence of not doing sports is a higher risk of suffering from diseases. Why? We do not work our muscles, bones and joints, nor our lung or cardiovascular capacity. One of the most affected by the absence of sport is our bones. Among the health consequences of not doing sports we find a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis.
Inactivity adds very little to our minds. When we do physical activity or our favorite sport, the production of endorphins, known as hormones of happiness, increases. These activate in our brain as a positive response, so we reduce stress and feel better about ourselves. A healthy body will help to have a healthy mind, because exercise goes beyond physical work.