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10 Keys to Getting Back in Running Shape

10 Keys to Getting Back in Running Shape

Scientists now can describe the effects of detraining, or how quickly we go out of shape. At the University of Texas at Austin, Edward Coyle, Ph.D., convinced a group of highly trained runners (who ran 80 miles a week) and cyclists (who rode 250 miles a week) to quit training. Their measured oxygen uptake scores declined rapidly at first, then less so. Ironically, the best-trained lost the most. Those less-trained had less to lose. Coyle determined that athletes lost half of their aerobic fitness within 12 to 21 days, then half of their remaining fitness level within the next 12- to 21-day period, and so on. After three months, all were detrained. Scientists find it more difficult to measure retraining, or how long it takes to get back in shape. “There’s very little data,” conceded the late Michael L. Pollock, Ph.D., who was director of the University of Florida’s Center f...

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