Sedentary behavior leads to our bodies resisting the usual post-meal response improvements from exercise. This condition has been termed ‘exercise resistance’. Read on, because this article might be about you.
A recent landmark research study (Akins et al., 2019; Kim et al., 2016) has found that sedentary behavior such as sitting can cause our bodies to resist certain positive effects of exercise. This study examined how our bodies respond to meals, and found that people who engaged in prolonged sedentary behavior such as sitting develop ‘exercise resistance’, meaning their bodies do not show the same positive effects to exercise as those who are less sedentary. That comes with severe consequences, as we shall see.