So you subscribed to a one-year gym membership. You’re given the liberty to go to the gym, use any equipment you fancy, for one whole year. That’s 24 hours, 7 days a week, 12 months a year.
You’re probably so motivated to plow through your workout program. Then, you started to think that “well, I will just skip Wednesday’s workout because I am tired.” Then, you started to ditch the Friday workout as well because you and your buddies are going to hang out and party.
Then, in the coming weeks, you skipped a total of 5 days of workouts because you’ve been busy doing other things. And the next thing you’ll know, you’ve skipped workouts for weeks.
This is actually a very common occurrence for people. It’s as if people just have some things going on that need their attention. Although for some people it is true, some people just make up excuses to not work out at all.
Since you’ve probably skipped gym workouts for a couple of weeks, what happens to your muscles? What happens to all of your gains?
In this article, I will talk about the things that happen when you’re not working out for days, weeks, and even months.
So, what really happens when you’ve not worked out for a couple of days, weeks, or months? Well, the general rule here is that the fitter and muscular you are, it will take a longer time to turn those gains into fat.
For example, if you’ve been a fitness buff or a gym dude for a couple of years, it would take nearly as much time for your body to start becoming fat again. Of course, that is considering if you still eat healthy foods during your time off the gym.
But, what does happen is that even though your muscles will not be turned into fat after a few weeks of not working out, your cardiovascular ability will be severely reduced.
According to James Ting, M.D, he said that 14 days without workouts will severely decrease your cardiovascular prowess. This means that you will get tired more often and when you do decide to go back to the gym and workout again, you will need to regain your cardio back.
Now in terms of endurance and strength, your body will react differently depending on your daily activities.
What I mean by this is that your endurance might still be there but your strength will probably decline over time. You see, our muscles are made of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles.
Slow-twitch muscles are responsible for endurance and fast-twitch muscles are responsible for lifting heavy loads.
If you’re a somewhat active person like you’re walking or running in your spare time, your endurance will probably still be there. But, if you’re not lifting weights for a couple of days or weeks, your strength will surely decline as your fast-twitch muscles haven’t been challenged for a certain period.
With regards to your muscles, your endurance will not decline as much but your strength will decline dramatically if you’re not lifting weights.