In the article titled "This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising" Health.com consults Dr. Farah Hameed on the effects of completely stopping exercise.
The article states the effects could start as early as 10 days after you stop exercising. Dr. Hameed discusses the changes your brain goes through as well as your endurance, vitals, strength, and physique.
According to Dr. Hameed, any exercise on a daily basis is all that is needed to keep these effects at bay. If you're feeling like you need a break from a specific type of exercise, consider cross-training in order to maintain all the benefits of your hard work.
Farah Hameed, MD is a physician with the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center who specializes in sports medicine and women's health.