The quick and simple answer is you will NOT stay in good shape if you stop working out for 2 months. You’ll gain
bodyfat, lose lean muscle, and just feel disappointed with yourself.
Avoid taking the “all or nothing” approach (i.e. if I can’t workout at 100%, then I’m not going to workout at all). Just
cut back on your training frequency. You can get a decent workout done in less then an hour. If you did just 2
workouts per week this would only take you a few hours per week (this is factoring in travel time to the gym). This is
a much better approach and will help you maintain the majority of your muscle size and strength. Even if you can only
manage time for 1 total body workout per week, you’ll be far better off then stopping your workouts entirely.
Here are 7 things really fit people do to stay in shape:
They don’t diet. …
They find a way to enjoy exercise. …
They prioritize their health and fitness. …
They don’t eat perfect 100% of the time. …
They get a lot of sleep. …
They hang around other fit people. …
They stay active outside of the gym.
Take a brisk walk every day. Make walking a permanent part of your daily routine so you can enjoy cardiovascular health, stress management and weight loss. Pick a route with enjoyable scenery such as a park, or walk as part of your commute to work and back. Wear sneakers and dress in layers of comfortable clothes so you can adapt to any temperature. Walk for at least 30 minutes each day.
Train with weights. Use resistance training to maintain muscle mass, promote bone health and stimulate your metabolism. Train three days per week performing exercises such as the chest press, leg press, seated row and overhead press. Most fitness centers will have a machine circuit you can follow. Train your entire body each workout. For more information on resistance training, go to the American Council on Exercise.
Stay away from processed foods. Eliminating processed foods from your diet will help get rid of empty calories that tend to put on weight without offering much in terms of nutrition. Replace white flour, sugar and processed meats with brown rice, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Eat 5 to 6 small but balanced meals per day. Avoid stuffing yourself. Instead of eating until you are full, just eat until you are no longer hungry.
Things You’ll Need
Fitness center access
Keep your motivation up by getting your friends and family involved with fitness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier when you have the support of people doing the same thing alongside you.