“Use it or lose it.” You have heard the phrase… but what does it mean?
To increase strength we have to overload our muscles. As the American Council on Exercise (ACE) explains, “Overload refers to strategically applying increased load on a tissue or system.” Bottom line? We need to keep doing more in order to progress.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. It’s the principle of reversibility and it states strength and cardio conditioning will decline if training slows or stops. The rate of reversibility can vary widely from person to person… depending on fitness levels and genetic factors. However, cardiovascular deconditioning can start as early as 2 to 3 weeks after ceasing exercise. Muscular strength can diminish in as little as 2 to 3 months! This is not good news…especially when 50% of people starting an exercise program drop out within 6 months (Wilson & Brookfield 2009).
While periods of rest and recovery are critical for a well-balanced fitness routine, keep the following in mind when exercise adherence becomes challenging:
- Keep rest periods short
- Vary workouts to add interest
- Cross train to help prevent injuries
- If injured, ask your doctor what you can do during recovery
- Some activity is better than none
- Have versatile exercise equipment
The Smart Straps is a versatile, durable, and economical bodyweight suspension system for home or commercial settings. Its split design makes it easy to adjust the forces on the body (think overload!).
“A body in motion stays in motion.” Keep your body in motion for a lifetime of health and fitness!