30 November 2012Skipping the Gym Can Affect More Than Your Waistline
As we all enter into one of the busiest times of the year, it's important to remember that exercise should remain a constant in our lives. If we skip going to the gym, the effects can be much greater than gaining a pound or two. It could affect our mood.
A study by researcher Ali Berlin, MS, of the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, found that missing exercise can be depressing.
"We were able to measure negative results from withdrawal of exercise in just two weeks," Berlin says.
Even after only one week, participants in her study group began to show ill-effects from not exercising. These were not elite athletes; rather they were people who regularly exercised but stopped for two weeks during the study. They became significantly more tense, tired, and less vigorous. The more out of shape they became, the more their mood and energy level worsened.
In order to remedy this, Berlin suggests that even if we can't stick to our regular exercise routine, we at least find a way to do something active for at least 30 minutes every day.
If you're traveling for the holidays, you can always get daily or weekly passes to your new nearby gym, or ask around for a good place to run, walk, or bike. Call around for advice or suggestions; just don't stop cold turkey after you've been regularly active.
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