It has probably happened to you that you got a fear of losing all the progress you made in the gym after taking a break for a while. And I totally get you. You are getting into a habit of waking up earlier, put on your gym clothes, train all your body, and have a healthy lifestyle in general. But then the vacation is knocking on the door, and you are excited and scared at the same time. “Will I lose my progress without two weeks of training? Were all my efforts to no avail?” the annoying thoughts come to your mind and don’t let you fully relax… But wait, how much time can you live without training and still save all your achievements indeed?
Generally, there are two types of people: athletes and nonathletes. The first group is the people who train 5-6 times a week or train 3 times a week for a long time (years and years). Nonathletes are the people who don’t have such an active lifestyle or have recently started doing sport. So, several studies have proved that athletes can take up to 4 weeks of break without fear of losing their progress. Meanwhile, nonathletes can lose their muscles faster — they can take up to three weeks if possible without fear of losing the progress.
Also, research has shown that cardio fitness can drop faster when not training. And when the runners stop training thoroughly, their level of progress will significantly decline. If to be more precise, just in a few days. When it comes to strength training and body toning, the results stay the same for up to a month and don’t take much of the hit. So, put your fear aside and enjoy your vac to the maximum! You deserve it for sure!