6 ways your health suffers when you stop working out

With winters hounding us, there’s a big possibility that you’re skimping on workouts in favour of the cosy couch and garam gulaab jaamun. Just as a good training regimen builds you up, slacking on the workout habit can have the opposite effect — sometimes almost instantly. Experts term this phenomenon as “detraining,” and its consequences can weigh even heavier than the belly you see in the mirror. Luckily, the condition is fully reversible, as long as you bust back to the gym. As compiled from Men’s Health magazine and dailyburn.com, discover what pushing pause on your workout can do to you.

Your blood pressure soars

This effect is immediate — your blood pressure is higher on the days you don’t workout than the days you do. Your blood vessels adapt to the slower flow of a sedentary lifestyle after just two weeks, taking your readings up another couple of notches, according to a recent study in the journal PLoS. Within a month, stiffening arteries and veins send your BP back to where it would be if you’d never even left the couch, says study author Linda Pescatello, PhD, of the University of Connecticut.

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