If you are a marathon runner and you take a couple months off to check out which toppings at Fortel’s Pizza Den are the best while spending your evenings trying to determine which of Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors is truly the best, what do you think will happen?
Among other things, you probably won’t be able to run a marathon anymore. That is because marathon running is the type of life skill that is in need of constant maintenance—if you take a couple months off from running, you’ll have to go back to nearly scratch and build up your stamina all over again. No matter how fast you once were, if you take a couple months off from exercising, you’re not in all that much better shape than the person with a similar profile that had never been in such good shape in the first place. With most physical activities, the mantra “If you don’t use it, you lose it” seems to be an accurate description of the skillset.