If going to the gym is something you drag yourself along to - purely to stay reasonably healthy - then you’ll be downright displeased to know that sitting at your desk at work all day might actually be undoing all your hard work at the gym.
A new study done by the University of Texas and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology has found that people who sit up to 13 hours a day and take less than 4000 steps per day develop metabolic problems, even if they exercise.
The study suggests that long periods of inactivity creates a condition whereby the body becomes resistant to metabolic improvements that are usually achieved via exercise. That is, prolonged periods of sitting will make your metabolism slow, even if you exercise vigorously, regularly.
Which means sitting all day in an office can reduce the effects of your gym sweat sessions.
The best thing you can do is aim for 10,000 steps a day, use a standing desk, and get up to walk and move about regularly.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes & Gardens.