Here are 5 things that could happen to your body if you do not exercise

Step Chain
4 min readOct 22, 2020


Exercising has become a normal part of a lot of people’s lives. Gyms have become much-frequented places, and gym equipment’s sale is increasing. However, on the other hand, a lot of people still chose not to be active, whether be it a choice or because of a certain issue on their lifestyle. Of course, being inactive has effects on the body just like being active does. So in case you are wondering what these consequences are, this article will explore 5 things that could happen to your body if you do not exercise.

1- You will see the effects of being inactive in just a couple of weeks

If you are an active person and planning on taking some days off, the experts will tell you that your muscles mass and fitness level will start deteriorating in about 10 to 15 days. Muscles and stamina take around two weeks to show, and the same amount of time after you stop working out, to start deteriorating.

2- The effects depend on the type of exercise you do

Every body will be affected differently based on the type of exercise that is used to practice. Someone who performed light cardio will be affected differently than someone who did weightlifting, as the number of muscles differs between one person and the other.

3- You will be more stressed

Going to the gym is a great way to reduce stress levels as it decreases the level of good hormones in your body such as endorphins and dopamine. Exercise has the ability to change your brain completely making you more able to deal with stress. Therefore, refraining from working out will weaken the defense your brain has developed against stress, and you will feel more stressed. In fact, you are not more stressed than you used to be, it is just that now you do not have the same abilities to deal with stressors.

4- Your sleep will be affected

As you already know or have experienced, working out has some positive effect on your sleep. Therefore, refraining from working out or not being very active will have a counter-effect on your sleep. In fact, 150 minutes of exercises per week have the ability to make you feel more alert during the day and get better quality sleep during the night. This is due to the stronger blood flow to the brain that will make you feel more awake during light hours.

5- It can affect your sexual life and performance

One of the reasons behind sexual dysfunction can be a lack of physical activity. A study conducted in 2015, and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has proven that exercising can improve men’s erectile as well as sexual function. It is recommended to perform a minimum of two hours of training weekly in order to have a stable sexual performance.

Do not give up on your fitness life. Instead, get yourself a helpful guide such as StepChain to help you during the journey. Download the app and benefit from the tailor-made workouts you can plan and access the best tips and blog post that will help you improve your activity level.

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