12 Jan '18, 11am

How Quickly Do You Lose Fitness When You Stop Running?

How Quickly Do You Lose Fitness When You Stop Running?

Researchers (somehow) found 21 people who, after completing the 2016 Boston Marathon as charity runners, were willing to almost entirely stop exercising for eight weeks. The study subjects agreed to exercise less than two hours per week during that time, with no workout to last more than an hour. During marathon training they had averaged almost 32 miles per week, while after the marathon they averaged three to four miles per week. The researchers tested key aspects of their cardiovascular fitness two weeks before the marathon (i.e., at peak training), and repeated the tests four and eight weeks after the marathon. RELATED: How to Restart Race Training After a Break After four weeks of relative inactivity, the runners had significant drops in blood volume and plasma volume, and the left ventricle of their hearts decreased in mass and thickness. Blood volume decreased by 3....

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.com/heart/how-quickly-do-you-los...

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