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The average person sits for at least 8 hours a day – or more than 50 hours a week. That’s according to Vanderbilt University. The cost of all that sitting-down-time? When you’re sitting, your body undergoes a metabolic slowdown. You use less blood sugar for energy, and you burn fewer calories. Sitting also decreases the activity of an enzyme that eliminates fat in the blood.
The worst part? Even regular exercise won’t protect you. You have to take frequent walking or standing breaks during your 8 hours of sitting to offset it. Ultimately, spending more time of your feet means a longer life.