Well, I had one of the longest days of my life yesterday (besides giving birth). My family traveled to Keene, NH and back in ONE day. It was for a surprise birthday party for my sister-in-law, who I love dearly. It equated to 7 hours in the car with 3 kids and my husband. However, I have good news . . . the kids were awesome! So was my husband! As a result, I didn’t post my usual Sunday message since I went straight to the sack.
So, back to health and fitness.
The 100 Day Challenge
The Challenge has been launched! Megan Walsh, the nutrition counselor, wants to ensure all clients receive high-quality personalized service, so it was decided to cap the Challenge at 15. The program starts February 14. For more information, go to www.100dayvtchallenge.wordpress.com.
Question: Do you know what happens when you stop exercising, besides feeling like a piece of $%##?
From Get Results Personal Training, here’s what they say: “Well first, let me tell you what doesn’t happen. Your muscle does not turn to fat. That would be like saying if you stop driving your car, your tires will turn to marshmallows. You may lose muscle mass and gain some fat, but your muscle does not turn to fat.
Here is what does happen:
- Cardio: You begin to lose aerobic endurance in as little as two weeks.
- Muscular Strength: Studies have shown that muscular strength will return to pre-exercise levels after four to 12 weeks off.
- Muscular Size: Muscles will shrink after 4-12 weeks off.
- Metablism: As your muscles atrophy, your metabolism will slow. This means that if you eat the same amount, you will gain weight.”
If you don’t use it, you lose it is the Principle of Reversibility as it applies to exercise and fitness training. While rest periods are necessary for recovery after workouts, extended rest intervals reduce physical fitness.