As we all know, our body is made up of muscles, bones and also some other tissues. It’s very obvious that if you abuse them too much daily for years, they are going to give up on you. The muscles first give a sign by telling your brain that it needs rest or some time to relax first before it can be fully recovered again. This feeling is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Sometimes this sensation can go on for a few days before the pain subside.
After DOMS has gone away, the joints are affected because they cannot sustain that same intense movement anymore.
After a while, you will find yourself wanting more workouts but with lesser intensity because of the overuse of your muscles and joints.
This is where the real health issues come in because this condition, called Overtraining Syndrome (OTS), can lead to great health problems because you are pushing yourself too hard without rest or a proper break between workouts.
The next thing that happens is when you continue doing an intense workout for years, and your bones will wear out.
Your body will need more calcium to keep up with the intensity of the workout. Without adequate calcium intake, the muscles cannot recover fully.
The best way against OTS is by resting 1 day for each day you train during the week instead of resting 3-4 days at once, and it will help your body cope better with an intense workout schedule.
But OTS isn’t the only problem we will face when we stop working out. One of the most significant issues is bone loss because we don’t use our bones anymore.
After becoming sedentary for long periods, your muscles are no longer contracted. Therefore, they are no longer pulling your bones, leading to Osteopenia or Osteoporosis if left untreated.
Another common thing that happens when you stop exercising is muscle loss; this also leads to weight gain because there’s less muscle mass in your body; therefore, you will burn fewer calories even during daily routine activities.
This will make you put on weight easily, and it’s mostly worst for people who used to do lots of workouts before stopping them abruptly. The best way around this is by doing proper weight lifting or resistance training to keep your muscles active.
Starting exercising again after a long period of no exercise is also good but make sure you don’t do too much intensity because all those muscles are not used to it anymore.
Please start with a light workout, choose the exercises you already know, and then gradually go into a more intense workout once your body fully recovers after a few weeks.
This will help prevent Overtraining Syndrome again.
I think stopping working out for a while doesn’t have to be bad if they are properly managed because losing muscle is easier than gaining them back again.
But I would recommend people who stopped working out before to do so now because broken bones can heal, but broken hearts will always be there for eternity.