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Posted on 06-14-2017

What Happens When You Stop Exercising?

 

​​​INSULIN LEVELS INCREASE

  • After just a week of not exercising, individuals develop a decreased sensitivity towards insulin (aka insulin resistance).
  • Therefore, the body must create more and more insulin to do the same job. When high levels of insulin are carousing around in the body, not being put to any use, they cause inflammation and harm.
  • Over time, these steadily rising levels due to lack of exercise increase your risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. 

MUSCLE MASS DECREASES

BODY FAT INCREASES

  • As muscle mass decreases, they lose their capacity to burn fat, which mean your fat stores will begin to increase.
  • By keeping muscles toned through light activity, they retain their fat burning capacity.

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BLOOD PRESSURE RISES

  • On days you don’t exercise, your blood pressure is higher than it is on days you are active.
  • Prolong your period of inactivity, and the blood pressure rise could increase to unhealthy levels.

YOU FEEL MORE STRESSED

BEDROOM LIFE SUFFERS

  • Not only does a lack of exercise make sleeping more difficulty, but it also affects other bedroom-related activities. 
  • Libido can be increased with exercise, so it only makes sense that a lack of exercise hurts your libido.

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YOUR BRAIN SUFFERS

  • Exercise encourages the growth of new brain cells. By not exercising, your memory functions less optimally, and you begin to experience poor focus and weak concentration.
  • Brains that have not benefited from the effects of exercise in a week or two actually have less gray matter and decreased neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change and adapt).

YOU’RE AT GREATER RISK FOR DEPRESSION

  • Exercise has well-documented happiness-boosting effects. It boosts endorphin levels.
  • It is often prescribed as a treatment for depression. By remaining inactive for a few days, you are creating the situation for depression to take hold.

Keep yourself moving, and you’ll be moving well into your older years. Enjoy your later years with great functioning and health!

We invite you to join our Bay Area Health and Wellness Group on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Health-and-Wellness-Group

More importantly, join us for our free health and wellness trainings provided by Dr. Deb Sampair, D.C.

Call us today for a HEALTH and VITALITY evaluation at Hands on Healing Chiropractic at 408-371-0068.

Adapted from a Care2 favorite by Jordyn Cormier

 

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