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This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

No one would ever argue that exercise doesn’t have a benefit. But did you ever wonder what happens if you stop exercising? Time.com highlights the down side of what happens, and the list is pretty daunting: Within 10 days your brain starts to change; within two weeks your endurance plummets and your vitals spike; within four weeks your strength slips and within eight weeks, you may gain fat.

The brain changes alone would be enough to convince me to never give up, since many studies have confirmed that exercise helps prevent cognitive decline and staves off dementia. Still other research shows that moderate to intense exercise can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years!

Additionally, skipping workouts for just two weeks can significantly reduce your cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity, with cardiovascular fitness slipping the quickest

Realistically, however, it’s a truth that most exercisers skip a workout occasionally. You may be traveling, fall ill or have an unusually heavy work deadline that keeps you from the gym. Sometimes you simply may lack the motivation to work out, which may lead to another skipped workout or two. But skipping workouts is not the same as spacing them out, or quitting altogether — or never even starting.

Since one reason people cite for not exercising is lack of time, it’s good news that there ARE exercises you can do in a just a few minutes, such as high intensity interval training (HIIT). Plus, it’s also never too late to start exercising: my own mother didn’t begin her program until she was 74 years old!