Detraining is a term many fitness professionals use for people when they take an extended break from exercise. This can happen for any number of reasons but if you’ve stopped because you’re lazy, you may want to rethink your choice while you still have the brain capacity to do so.
We’ve all heard how the body suffers from lack of exercise especially the brain and there is extensive research done by the University of Maryland School of Public health backing this up.
You know that grouchy tired way you feel when you haven’t been active for a while? There’s a reason for that and it’s all about oxygen reaching your brain. Your VO2max is your body’s maximum ability to utilize oxygen while exercising and when it is pumped to the brain it can help connect cells and spur new ones. So here are 5 things that can happen after ten days of neglecting exercise and depleting that sweet O2 from your noggin.
1.) With a lack of oxygen your body can not suppress chemicals that trigger depression. You’ll feel tired, unable to concentrate, and gloomy.
2.) You’ll experience withdrawal symptoms. Exercise can also be an addiction and your body and mind will go through negative symptoms when you don’t get your fix. Frustration and anger to name a couple.
3.) A lack of oxygen means cells in your head won’t be getting the help they were before. This can increase your risk of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
4.) A loss of brain tissue or atrophy can happen. There is a section of the brain known as the hippocampus related to memory and learning. Lack of oxygen to this area will effect your ability to solve problems and retain important information.
5.) Endorphins – the happy chemical – are not pumped through the body on a regular basis leaving us more susceptible to regular bouts of depression.
Feeling awful yet? Don’t, you can be saved! Even people with little time and high life demands will feel the effects of some exercise especially when they’ve been stagnant.
Go for a walk, run for ten minutes, play freeze tag after school with your kids in the yard. Some is always better than none. Your brain will thank you for it!