If you’ve ever taken a break from your normal exercise regime, you know that getting back in the swing of things can be hard. An exercise vacation produces physical changes that can be hard to reverse, especially if you’re already struggling with your weight or blood sugar. Stopping your regular exercise for as little as a few weeks decreases insulin sensitivity and increases blood sugar, as well as causing some loss of muscle tone in the legs and increasing abdominal fat. If you’re unable to perform your regular exercises, it’s better to switch to something else than to stop altogether. For instance, if you develop problems with your knee or ankle and you normally run, swimming can keep you active while relieving impact.
For young people the effects of an exercise vacation can be reversed in a few days, but if you’re no longer in your early 20’s it’s best to stick with your regular routine. If for some reason you’ve been unable to exercise, physical therapy can help you return to normal activity levels.