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As technology advances, an increasing number of people are leading sedentary lifestyles. For many, this means extended periods of sitting. We sit at our jobs, we sit at home, and we sit while we travel. This can have physical and mental effects with shocking severity. Though researchers don’t fully understand the causality, they can find many correlations between decreasing wellness and increased sitting.

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1. Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

The human body naturally burns calories every day through normal activities such as standing, walking, and even general fidgeting. Burning calories in this manner is non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Sitting requires little movement and therefore burns fewer calories. Studies show that agriculture workers will burn up to 1000 more calories per day than individuals who work seated. Because people who sit excessively are not burning as many calories, they are more at risk for weight-related issues.

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