10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Sit For Just 8 Hours a Day

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4Obesity

Obesity is another result of a sedentary lifestyle because when sitting for a long period, metabolism decreases and the fewer calories are burned in the body leading to the storage of extra fat.

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Sitting down reduces fat burning by 90%

Once a person sits down, the fat burning process of the body is reduced by 90% lowering the levels of insulin and increasing blood pressure. Most jobs today having changed with modern times require people to sit for long periods of time behind a desk. This means lesser time to burn calories. A standing job burns as much as 35% calories more than working at a desk.

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According to the laws of energy balance, active lifestyles are crucial to maintaining good body weight and health.

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5Muscles and Bones

Frequent slouching along with no physical activity can make the muscles of your body weak and flabby. The parts that are most affected are your abdominal muscles and gluteal muscles. Sitting all day also puts you at risk of a condition called osteoporosis where the bones weaken over time and become more porous and fragile.

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6Digestive System

The pancreas is responsible for releasing insulin to convert carbohydrate to glucose. Cells in muscles that are passive, less insulin is required but the pancreas keeps releasing it at regular speed. In 2011, a study found how sitting all day led to the cells consuming less insulin which resulted in a risk of diabetes and other related diseases. Sedentary lifestyles also cause conditions like constipation and haemorrhoids.

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