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The more people exercise, the lazier they are throughout the rest of the day, study suggests

The more time you spend engaging in a structured exercise routine, such as going to the gym or running, the more likely you are to cut back on other physical daily activities, according to a recent study. 

This decline in physical activities could affect people’s ability to lose weight successfully even if they participate in a routine exercise program, according to the study, which was published in the journal Current Nutrition Reports.

“If people are seeking weight loss, they should be aware of their non-exercise physical activity (NEPA) — activities such as walking the dog, riding a bike to work or standing at the desk at work,” study author Julie Marvel Mansfeldt, a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), told Fox News Digital.

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“If these activities are suddenly stopped, the total daily energy expenditure is less than expected — and thus the weight loss will be less than expected,” she added.

“Compensation of NEPA can thus be a barrier to weight loss.”

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FILE – An athlete does pull-ups at an outdoor gym on June 14, 2021, in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Mansfeldt, under the supervision of Professor Faidon Magkos of NEXS at the University of Copenhagen, conducted a systemic review of 24 research studies that looked at people’s levels of daily physical activities before and while participating in different types of structured exercise regimens. 

The team found that a person who is more engaged in a routine exercise program is more prone

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