Taking Time Off From Your Workouts During the Holidays? How Fast You Lose Fitness and Tips to Minimize the Hit

December 18, 2014 3:22 PM

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So you invested a respectable amount of hours working out this year. Maybe a couple of hundred or more? Ever wonder how long you have before your hard work starts to come undone? With the holidays upon us, taking some time off may be inevitable whether it's due to travel, one of those nasty bugs going around or the myriad of obligatory time sucks (like five hours of cyber shopping a day) that happen this time of year.

The truth is it doesn't take long for the body to start losing strength, endurance and aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. In just days or weeks some of these qualities can start to decline. The adage "use it or lose it" has more scientific relevance than you may think. You work out hard and the b...

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