How Long Does It Take For The Body To Decondition?

I try to exercise at least three days per week or more. I participate in various types of exercise to keep me engaged in my exercise routine, this includes walking, weights, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, or bike riding. I find if I start at the beginning of the week I will complete my weekly challenge.

I always feel that I will lose my stamina and interest if I do not maintain my exercise routine. The truth is, once you stop exercising your muscle strength, heart and lung volume, as well as your metabolism can decrease by 50% in three weeks (Rich, 2015). Rich (2015) goes on to say “use it or lose it” is a true statement. However, these changes in body functions depend on ones age, fitness level, length of the break, and the reason for the break in exercise.

Many of you have not been as active as you once were prior to the pandemic. It is spring and time to get active and get in shape. Although I was exercising at home, it did not seem quite enough or satisfying, so I started going to the park and most recently back to the gym.

I hope you are getting some exercise it is imperative we take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. Find an activity that you enjoy, so you can stay engaged and remain healthy and fit.

Just keeping you informed.


Rich, H. (2015). How fast do we fall out of shape? Retrieved from Deconditioning │How fast do you fall out of shape? (

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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