While taking a break from working out is beneficial in some cases, but missing the workout for a longer time may impact your body to a varying degree.
Experts will tell you that how fast a person falls out of shape depends on two factors – the level of fitness before interrupting the workout, and how long the break in workout was.
The longer you had been in shape and the fitter you were, the longer it will take your muscles to lose tone and turn into flab during your time off, but this is not a strong enough excuse to extend the break from the gym.
Experts agree that one week off is generally acceptable. In fact, a short break is recommended when your body needs to rest and allow muscles to recover, but once you approach two weeks away from the routine, this is when concerns settle in.
A study in the journal of applied physiology says at the 14-day mark you can see a loss in cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity.
When you’re ready to restart your exercise routine, consider recommendations of the experts to take it slowly, especially if you took an extended hiatus from it.
As you will notice some differences in what you are able do when you start your routine, remain realistic in your expectations. Start small and gradually build up to the point you were before, insuring you avoid injuries.