How Dangerous Is It to Skip Regular Workouts?

It’s often hard to keep up with a demanding life and still find time to work out. You may be wondering what will happen if you stop doing regular workouts. This is a common question.


Unfortunately, there are negative consequences to not exercising anymore. So the answer, more accurately, becomes a matter of what you’ll be giving up if you stop exercising.


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Before you quit the gym or stop working out at home, think about these effects:


1. Loss of lean muscle mass.


If you miss one workout, you probably won’t notice the difference in your muscles. However if you miss several weeks or months of workouts, then the muscles will be affected.


  • You can lose lean muscle mass by skipping regular workouts on a long-term basis. If you don’t use your muscles, you can lose them.

  • Once your body reaches a certain level of lean muscle mass, it can’t maintain it without more exercise.


2. Possible weight gain.


You know that exercise can help manage your weight, so stopping it can cause unpleasant surprises on the scale.


  • The weight gain may appear if you don’t adjust your calories and meals. If you continue to eat the same amount as before, your body will store the extra calories since you’re not burning them.

  • To prevent this, pay attention to how much food you eat and make adjustments if you can’t work out.