Whether due to unexpected events, travel or just laziness, it is quite common to skip a few days of training. But when you haven’t trained for a week, some questions may arise: “Is there a problem?” Will this hurt my results? Keep reading to know more!
What happens to the body when you go a week without training?
According to Guilherme Bispo, teacher and coordinator of Estácio’s physical education course, the body does not undergo many changes. This is because we have muscle memory, where the body can store training information. “Scientifically speaking, the body starts to feel the difference after two weeks, especially with the possible loss of physical abilities such as decreased strength and decreased muscular endurance,” he explains.
However, the mind is the most affected area. “The psychological part can be affected and the practitioner begins to feel demotivated,” says Guilherme.
Although frustration appears at times, the specialist reminds us that we should not let it take over. After all, the longer you go without exercise, the sooner your body will feel the changes. “The line between a practitioner of physical exercise and a sedentary lifestyle is very fine, the two go hand in hand, and once the practitioner stops exercising, it is very likely that he will abandon the practice,” she says.
How many days a week should we Train?
According to Guilherme, the ideal is to train about 3 times a week, because the body needs a rest period for the muscle fibers to recover. This process is called supercompensation, that is, our muscles take an average of 48 hours to rest sufficiently.
“Remember that to obtain adequate results, the practitioner must always consider three essential elements of physical exercise: training, food and rest, therefore, once a practitioner neglects one of these three elements, the result or objective of the practitioner may not be achieved. be what is expected”, concludes the physical education teacher.