What changes happen to you when you stop exercising?
By Sine Wallace, CEO Wallace Fitness
Many of us have needed to stay home or work from home in the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyms and other fitness centers are closed making it more difficult to maintain a fitness routine, unless you are on our online programs guided and monitored by one of Wallace Fitness™ experts.
What changes happen to you when you stop your training regiment?
Decreased Respiratory Rate / Stamina
Did you know, the VO2 level in your blood is already reduced about 10% if you have been inactive for as little as 12 days, according to Andreas Bergdahl an assistant professor in cardiovascular physiology at Montreal’s Concordia University.
What is VO2 Max? It is your maximum capacity to carry oxygen in your blood stream that doctors monitor when you stop exercising. It is especially important to continue to exercise now more than ever. As we know it to date, coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome, which means keeping you cardiovascular stamina is paramount.
Increase Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
Your blood sugar increases when you stop exercising. When we eat, our body metabolizes the food. Your muscles use the excess sugar. But when you are not exercising the glucose stay in your blood increasing your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Department of Health and Human Services recommends incorporating strength-training exercises of all the major muscle groups into a fitness routine at least two times a week.
Increase in Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
According to Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure. Becoming more active can lower your systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — by an average of 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). That’s as good as some blood pressure medications. Many of Wallace Fitness™ clients have already reduced the need for blood pressure medication.
Increase Inflammation in the Joints (Arthritis pain)
Your joints are designed to move. When you are sedentary, you may start feeling:
- Muscle pain
- Joint Pain
- Muscle weakness and Tightness
- Decrease in Range of Motion