Taking Time off? Watch out for atrophy!

couch potato
Source: Futurity.org

How long does it take a young person to lose muscle strength if they go from being moderately active to being a couch potato?

It only takes two weeks, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen examined what happens to the muscles in younger and older men after a period of high inactivity, by way of immobilization with a leg pad.

β€œOur experiments reveal that inactivity affects the muscular strength in young and older men equally. Having had one leg immobilized for two weeks, young people lose up to a third of their muscular strength, while older people lose approximately one fourth.

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