What Happens To The Body When You Stop Training?

What Happens To The Body When You Stop Training

Depending on the intensity and consistency of training that the individual/athlete has been going through before the break in exercising, they begin to notice changes after a while. Sometimes, the will to keep working out gets out of our control due to factors like injury, apathy, diversion of interest, depression, laziness etc, but the real deal here is how much effect the break has on the body and ultimately, your athletic performance. Remember when you begin to train, it affects both your physical and spiritual life. A lot of things change about you, including the way you react towards everyday things. Its a natural phenomenon. What happens to the body when you stop training

Athleticshour.com has complied a few things that happen to the body when you stop working out. Our main focus is on the Endurance and Strength of the individual.


For every individual, the first thing that happens is a significant dip in endurance levels. The body had previously been trained to keep up with a particular degree of pressure, or more, placed on it, but due to the inconsistency that follows the lack of training for a while, all that endurance training might need to be restarted all over again, depending on how long the individual/athlete has been away from training. When for some reason, there’s a decision to take a break from training, it’s always advisable to reduce the training intensity, no matter how hugely reduced it is, rather than quitting entirely for a while, as the former is usually guaranteed to maintain some level of endurance to pick up from when the athlete returns to full training routine.
According to studies, it took longer for a runner to run a 5k race after they quit training than it did while they were still training consistently. This clearly highlights the huge amount of fitness and endurance that is lost over time when there is a lack of exercise. Most people start to detect differences after approximately two weeks without training, while others report significant changes after three – four (3-4) weeks.


Don’t quit training, but rather reduce the intensity in order to be in shape. Your speed will also be reduced automatically if you quit totally.


By delaying our strength training workouts, we lower the amount of stress we place on our muscles, resulting in a reduction in the number of muscle fibers. This means that the quantity of muscle the body utilizes when strength and muscle are needed for various day-to-day tasks will be reduced.


The muscle fibers being employed when needed reduces when we stop training.

Before anything else, firstly, we’re human beings, which means that we are always vulnerable to unforeseen circumstances that may crop up and interfere with the normal flow of our day to day activities, one of those circumstances being factors that can dissuade us from keeping up with our fitness routine, in a bid to become better athletes or fitness enthusiasts. Being aware of the possibility of some of these occurrences keeps us on the front foot and helps us better read the signs when they begin to surface, and as stated earlier in this article, maintain a fit lifestyle, no matter how relatively less intensive it is. 

By Prince Allotey Addo

Source: www.athleticshour.com

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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