How long can you stop working out for without losing muscle? I've seen mixed comments on this, so what is the real consensus or answer?
Also, more specifically, can I go skiing for two weeks (I will ski a number of those days) and not workout, without losing muscle? I only workout twice a week. I know that is small, but I have definitely seen changes in toning and a bit in mass of my muscles. Will skiing be enough of a physical activity for the two weeks to prevent any muscle loss? Or am I going to lose it no matter what over those two weeks if I don't workout?
12-18-2011, 01:09 PM #1
If I take off from working out, will I lose muscle?
12-18-2011, 03:22 PM #2
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Based off an article on the Supersite:
Originally Posted by Research Roundup, Vol. 1: Breaking Insights In Training, Nutrition And Supplementation
- Protein intake and diet in general
- Activity Level
If you lose muscle and go back to training, then you can expect to gain muscle back a lot faster than you originally gained it. This is called Muscle Memory.
Hope this helps.
12-18-2011, 05:09 PM #3
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A 2 week break will not be too bad as long as you keep the protein intake high. Obviously you will be skiing and burning a fair few calories so it might be a bit different to what you may experience if you say went for a 2 week beach holiday with no activity.
Also, when did you last take a break from working out? It can be advantageous to take a 2 week break from lifting if you have not done so in a long time (6 months +)
I agree with the poster abov re: muscle memory. I went on a 3 month backpacking trip in Asia over the summer. I lost 2 stone. Some fat and a whole lot of muscle. I was down to a weight I was at 2 years before my holiday. It has taken me <3 months to get it all back.
Go skiing, enjoy it and just get back to work in the gym when you gt back!
Have a good holiday!
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