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The Science Behind Falling Out of Shape

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  • After about 10 days to two weeks without exercise, your VO2 max, a measure of cardiovascular endurance, will start to drop
  • Skipping workouts for just two weeks can significantly reduce your cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass and insulin sensitivity
  • After three to four weeks of inactivity, your muscles will start to atrophy and your body will start to revert to using carbs, rather than fat, for fuel

By Dr. Mercola

If you've worked hard to get in shape, the last thing you want is for your fitness gains to disappear. But if you skip your workouts for just two weeks, that's exactly what might happen, at least on some level.

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