How Isolation Could Be Impacting Your Body

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Bypass extra body fat

Not moving and reaching for comfort foods could lead to an increase in visceral fat, which is the type of fat stored around our vital organs and the stuff we can’t always see. “Sitting still for hours on end will impact on your daily energy expenditure, meaning that you are burning less calories than you ordinarily would be in your more active daily routines.

It is also thought that excessive sitting can impact on your ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure and to metabolise fat so it’s really important to take regular activity breaks, even if it’s going to put the kettle on,” explains Kate Shilland, performance nutritionist at CPFC Academy.

If you are worried about your body composition, you could always invest in a device like the Tanita BC-401 which measures body fat levels, muscle mass and total body water to ensure you’re ticking those boxes. However, it’s also crucial you cut yourself some slack as the last thing you want is to be agonising over is numbers and causing yourself more stress in lockdown.

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