As athletes, we’ve all been there: Day after day, we train hard in the gym, on the streets and at home. We exert an immeasurable amount of energy, push our physical limits and sweat with ferocity and determination. We eat, breathe and live our workout. We plan them, we think about them and a part of us even becomes them. They’re what we know, and we count on them for our release. For our mindset. For our therapist
Workout benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Workout causes the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy. Workout can help some people sleep better.Workout can also help some people who have mild depression and low self-esteem.
Read below to find out what happens to many of our minds when we resolve to take a workout break.
When You Haven’t Workout in a Few Days…
It’s no biggie. If you’ve been working out on the regular, your body probably welcomes the chance for recovery. It’ll use the time to repair your muscles and help you spring back stronger. That said, if your days off are paired with unhealthy food and booze, you might feel a bit bloated.
When You Haven’t Workout in a Week…
You’re likely feeling a little “softer” than usual. That’s due to your muscle fibers starting to dwindle and your body retaining some extra fluids. But for the most part, you’re not feeling too bad. If you head back to the gym now, you probably won’t even notice any significant changes in how fast you can run or how much you can lift.
When You Haven’t Workout in a Couple of Weeks…
Your fitness is definitely on the downhill slide now. As the number of mitochondria, the microscopic power plants that fuel your muscles cells, decreases, your cardio endurance will be the first thing to go. Taking the stairs might make your legs burn or even leave you sucking wind.
When You Haven’t Workout in a Month…
Most of your cardio and strength gains from the past few months have gone kaput. You’re sporting less lean muscle mass and more body fat. Plus, stress has a greater hold on you, and without exercise supporting your circadian rhythms, getting a good night’s sleep may be a challenge.
When You Haven’t Workout in a Few Months…
Your metabolism joins the ranks of things to go. So besides burning fewer calories, you probably feel fatigued pretty often—and quickly. Your heart has to work harder with every beat and your lungs don’t absorb as much oxygen as they used to.
You Haven’t Workout in a Year…
Aside from a soaring body-fat percentage, complete loss of muscle, and sluggish metabolism, you’re also at a greater risk of serious health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, insomnia, and depression.
Look for these signs:
You are injured or under the weather.
You have recently experienced emotional distress in your life.
You are suffering from soreness that doesn’t seem to be going away.
You dread your workouts and feel unmotivated to do them.
You feel excessively exhausted and fatigued.
Your workouts are boring you.
You feel like you need to be re-inspired by something new and different.
You’re not performing at your personal standards when you do engage in exercise.
Identify with one or more of the above signs? If so, try taking 1-7 days off to rest and recover. More often than not, a few days to a week of workout-free time is all we need to recharge and to shift our exercise perspective. Try these leisurely activities instead:
Walks around the neighborhood
Chasing after your children
Laid-back bike rides
Yoga and deep stretching
And remember, the main intentions behind a workout break should be to relax and to break out of the everyday norm…the daily rut! So, if you’re feeling a little stiff in more ways than one, then a little siesta may be the key to getting your mind right back in the game.
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