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Sitting makes you resistant to exercise

By Colleen Chase on Nov 14, 2019 10:53:10 AM

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.

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By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 24, 2019 4:17:00 PM

The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderately intensive aerobic exercise per week. Most national health institutions advise a level of exercise within this same range. The fundamental question remains: does this recommendation stand up to the claim that this amount of physical exercise is sufficient for maintaining one’s physical and mental health? If you do the math, 150 minutes per week equates to a bit more than 20 minutes of exercise per day. Could such a short time frame be sufficient to counterweight the health hazards associating with sitting for 12 hours or more a day?

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