How Quickly Do You Lose Muscle (if I take a break from training)?

By on October 5, 2015

It can be a very difficult job to maintain a regular and constant workout routine. Sometimes, you skip workouts without really considering the effects. After all, it can’t be that damaging, can it? Yes, it definitely can. In fact, leaving out 2 or 3 workouts from time to time can lead to some serious changes to your muscle power, and it won’t be beneficial at all.

According to recent studies, missing workouts and replacing them with laziness can make you lose a significant amount of muscle; about one third! This means that your strength will be reduced so much that you will be able to feel the difference in your everyday life.

This was proved by a social research in which 32 men, with some old and some young, were asked to wear a leg brace. This caused their leg to be immobilized. This was kept the same way for 2 weeks straight. Once removed, it was seen that at an average, the men had lost about 22% to 34% of their muscle strength!

This was despairing news. But it wasn’t the end of it. To regain the strength, the men used cycling as a regular workout for 6 complete weeks. They started off with 3 times a week for the first 4 weeks, and then rushed it to 4 times a week for the rest of the 2. Now, by weight, the muscles seemed to have regained their mass, but actually the strength of the leg was still 5-10% lower than before. This meant that even though the men exercised daily, the muscle strength could not be retained completely.

This phenomenon is exactly the same for women. That means that every single person now-a-days needs regular exercise. It is imperative to understand that missing out a routine or increasing ‘couch time’, can adversely affect your health.

Now, I don’t mean that each and every one of you has to spend significant time on your body regularly. But what I’m trying to explain are the reasons why you should never drop your activity level to zero. Staying active throughout life and keeping your body moving about can boost your health, keep you elated and most of all, can help you in the daily chores of life.

It has a similar affect on old people. In the research, older men were less affected by muscle loss, but still they lost an average of one fourth muscle strength. This can be a significant reduction for older people because of the fact that they need the strength to do the simplest of tasks, such as climbing stairs or cooking a meal.

All in all, you should stay active and keep your body working. As a remedy, you can rebuild muscle by strength based exercises, or by resistance training at the end to completely recover all lost muscle. Adding this to your routine will definitely keep you fit and healthy.