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Sitting A Lot Makes Your Butt A Lot Bigger

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Which is such a bummer for us, as well as all of the NFL fans who spent their entire Sunday watching every football game.

A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology has found pressure put on areas of the body used for sitting or lying down produces up to 50% more fat in those parts.

After studying the MRI images of paralyzed patients' muscle tissue, researchers realized "preadipocyte cells - the precursors to fat cells - turn into fat cells and produce even more fat when subject to prolonged periods of 'mechanical stretching loads'."

The "mechanical stretching loads" are referring to the weight we put on our backsides when we sit or lay down.

Even those with sedentary office jobs (Ugh! That's us!) who regularly exercise are at risk for fat cells invading major muscles in the body thanks to prolonged periods of sitting on their keisters from 9-5.

Hey, at least they're PAID prolonged periods forcing fat cells into your muscle tissue, right?

Still not too comforting, huh? Well, if this isn't motivation to up your treadmill speed to the next level after work today, we don't know what is.

Is your butt hurting from reading this at your desk as much as ours is from sitting at a desk writing it?

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