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How Long Can You Go Without Training and Not Lose Muscle Mass?

Sometimes it is difficult to train every week. There are times in our lives when we just don't have time to train for personal reasons or even due to injury.

6 days ago

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Sometimes it is difficult to train every week. There are times in our lives when we just don't have time to train for personal reasons or even due to injury.

In this sense, many people wonder how long they can go without exercising and not lose their progress. The answer to this question depends on many factors and even on the genetics of each person.

Even so, we want to explain to you what happens in our bodies when we do not train for a certain time. Let's get started!

Loss of strength

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The strength of each person is related to the amount of load they can move at a given time. When we don't train, the decrease in strength is little in the first few days, but it drops when we spend a month without physical activity.

When we are injured, we cannot move our muscles. If this happens, the electrical impulses from the brain to that muscle are reduced, which generates a decrease in strength.

Loss of muscle mass

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Muscle mass losses are more noticeable in the body, but it is not generated as quickly as you think. One or two weeks without training does not have a great effect on muscle mass.

If you don't train, some muscles will look relatively smaller, but the most important structures of it will stay the same. In this way, with just one or two training sessions, your body will return to its normal state.

Now, if you do not do any physical activity for several months, the loss of strength and muscle mass will be more obvious.

Maintain your fitness

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If you want to maintain your fitness, but don't have much time, a 10 or 20-minute workout will be enough. It may seem like a short time, but training and activating your muscles guarantees that there is no loss of muscle mass until you can return to your normal training routine.

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Published 6 days ago