PART 1 OF OUR SERIES: Guide to Maintaining Your Workout Schedule in the DUBAI Summer Months
Taking long periods of time off from regular workouts can be harmful for your health.
We all know how important rest and recovery are to a solid workout program. Taking short periods off from your workout regimen can be beneficial for healing and strengthening muscles. But do you know what happens to the body if you take off for longer periods of time? The summer months can be so unbearably hot that you’re tempted to just take a break. There are several ways this can be detrimental to your body.
Detriment 1: Effect on the Muscles (show picture of little skinny guy trying to flex)
If you chose to cease workouts for extended periods of time, the body will begin to lose strength as well as muscle mass. This is particularly true if your body is accustomed to performing resistance training on a regular basis. Just taking 5 weeks off can reduce muscle mass and strength.
Detriment 2: Effect on your Mood
Health and medical professionals agree that regular exercise offers the benefit of improved mood. Exercising can signal the body to suppress the chemicals which cause depression and at the same time signal for the release of chemicals that fight depression. When you just stop a workout regimen these benefits cease as well. This can be depressing and it may be complicated further by related weight gain.
Pro Tip: Regular exercise can brighten your day and keep depression away!
Detriment 3: Effect On Your Fitness Level
No matter how intense your workout schedule has been, when you stop working out regularly you are going to lose fitness. You will slowly notice a loss of power, strength and endurance; these are all key fitness components. You may notice significant losses in as little as two weeks. Imagine what will happen over 3-4 months?!
Detriment 4: Effect on Body Weight
When you are used to working out and you just suddenly stop, your body fat is going to increase. Putting your workouts on hold for long periods of time will lead to weight gain. Even if you make substantial dietary changes, you’ll start to gain weight since you are not burning off calories.
Detriment 5: Effect on Blood Pressure
Exercise is a key factor for reducing high blood pressure. Stopping your regular workouts can result in increased blood pressure. Regular exercise, watching salt intake, managing your weight and avoiding stress can all help maintain a normal blood pressure reading. If you are prone to high blood pressure, stopping your workouts can lead to elevated readings which can be detrimental for your health.
Join us next week as we give you the tools you need to start working out from home and fight the temptation to stop workouts during Summer in Dubai.
Author: Mary Olinger
Author Bio: Mary Olinger is a Fitness & Workout Nutrition Editor at Nutrition Souq. She is a marathoner who trains year round. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education. Her expertise is in the field of fitness, diet, weight loss and nutrition. She is an international educator who enjoys writing to helping people make healthier life choices.