by Kathy McLean and Sione Finau
There’s nothing like those lazy days of summer. Kick back, soak up the rays, read a book and enjoy those ribs at the weekend barbecues.
Wait a minute! What about your fitness program? Did you realize that taking “time off” from your exercise routine will set you back? If you don’t exercise your body for a month or more, all your hard work to get fit will be lost. Summer is NOT the time to vacation from your health and fitness goals. In fact, NO time is the right time to stop exercising!
Consider the following:
- After only a few days of “skipping your workouts,” your body begins to adapt to inactivity.
- Lack of exercisecauses muscle atrophy and increases susceptibility to physical injury.
- Just two weeks of inactivity can negatively impact your cardiovascular fitness and muscle mass. Your muscles will shorten, your heart won’t beat as fast or move as much blood per beat and your muscle cells will lose some of their mitochondria (their energy source).
- A reduction in physical fitness can be accompanied by a weakening of the immune system.
Don’t let a “summer off” mindset make you lose sight of the goals you established for yourself when you started working out. Here’s a stat that might give you pause: According to the Journal of Applied Physiology: eight weeks of detraining can result in about a 20 percent drop in fitness. Think about that as you consider a “do nothing” vacation!
A quote from the famous boxing legend Muhammad Ali says it all: “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
Enjoy your summer, you’ve earned it! BUT, unless you are taking a two-month cruise, make your summer count by continuing to work out as often as possible at FA Boxing to keep up with your exercise regimen. Call us so we can schedule you in at your convenience.