I am normally a huge fan of the gym, I'll go 1-2 hours daily and 6 days a week. So when my husband and I planned a 5 week, 7000 mile road trip my biggest concern was not going to the gym. And I would also be eating most of my meals in restaurants for the entire 5 weeks. My biggest issue was gaining weight and losing the muscle I had built up in the gym. I managed to only gain 1 pound on our trip but what I lost in the fitness department was a lot different.
My plan was to at least walk a bit on vacation. The first 2 weeks I walked every morning. Then one morning while I was out a very big black snake crossed my path. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you it was long enough to cover the sidewalk as it was crossing to the other side. That was my last morning I walked! After that I only averaged about 2000 steps per day where normally I would average about 15,000 steps per day at home.
When we arrived home I did a lot of walking up and down our stairs. My legs were so sore the next day! However, I did not take it easy and the following day I went back to the gym and pushed myself hard, really hard. The following day I was so sore I was sick to my stomach. So that got me thinking as to what happens to our bodies when we stop exercising.
Two weeks after you stop exercising your endurance starts to decline. After about 2 weeks you can have a drop in your VO2 (maximum amount of oxygen your body can use). In that first 2 weeks it can drop about 10% and after a month it can drop about 15%.
It only takes 2 week after you stop exercising for your blood pressure and blood glucose levels to rise.
It only takes 4 weeks once you stop exercising to notice a decline in strength. And only 2 weeks to notice a decrease in muscle mass, bone density and flexibility.
Did you know it only takes 8 weeks after you stop exercising before you may begin to notice physical changes. Although after 5 weeks I noticed a lot more jiggling than I had before our trip.
I found it surprising that only 10 days after you stop exercising your brain may be affected. Exercise sends oxygen to your brain. Those that skipped exercising for 10 days were noted to have a reduction of blood flow to the area of the brain that is associated with memory and emotions.
Once you stop exercising your sleep may be impacted. During REM you produce hormones that help repair muscle tissue damaged during work outs. If you haven't exercised you can have more energy which reduces the need for deep sleep which can than lead to restlessness and lack of sleep.
Your mood may be affected once you stop exercising. Exercise triggers endorphins which are your feel good hormones. I know there are times I am not feeling the gym but once I get there and get a good work out in I end up feeling amazing!
All in all I'm glad to be back from vacation and I plan to hit the gym pretty hard this week to start building my stamina and strength back up!
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|XXS||30A / 30B / 30C|
|XS||32A / 32B / 32C / 30D|
|S||32D / 34A / 34B / 34C|
|M||34D / 36A / 36B / 36C|
|L||36D / 36E / 38A / 38B / 38C|
|XL||38D / 38E / 40A / 40B / 40C|
STEP 1: What is your BAND Size?
Using a tape measure place is directly under your bust. Make sure it is snug and round to the nearest whole number. If it is even add 4 inches. If it's odd add 5 inches. Your band is the sum of those calculations. For example if you measured 34 inches your band size is 38 or if you measured 33 inches your band size is 38.
STEP 2: What is your BUST Size?
Using a tape measure measure around the widest part of your chest (nipple level). Round to the nearest whole number.
STEP 3: What is your CUP Size?
Subtract your band size from your bust size and refer to the chart below. Example 37 inch bust - 34 inch band size = 3 inches. That's a 34C.
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|Your Cup Size||AA||A||B||C||D||DD||DDD / F||G|
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