Did you know that Astronauts can lose up to 20% of their bone and muscle mass in just a week in space? Without any gravity, their strength deteriorates. This is the reason why they’re required to work out every day in space for at least 2 hours to try and maintain their bone density and muscle strength. Even then, when they return from space, they have to go through extensive physical therapy.
The point here is that without proper stress (in this scenario, gravity) on the body it cannot grow and be healthy. Challenging your body is the only way to grow. The old adage ‘use it or lose it’ is true!
Furthermore, it is not enough to exercise, it’s also important to mix things up. If you are doing mostly cardio, it’s important to mix in resistance. Maybe try a sport that requires coordination like tennis or pickleball. Variety causes your brain and body to adapt, and when that happens your body will be at its most dynamic.
This, by the way, also applies to mental acuity. Read a new genre of book. Watch a different type of movie. Practice silence. These variations to your mental input will produce great results and keep your brain challenged and healthy. Find something new to try this week!
Have a great week,