Yes, Standing at Work Can Actually Help you Burn More Calories
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By now, you’re likely aware of the health risks associated with too much time spent sitting.
And whether the message came from your doctor, an online article or a TV news segment, there’s a good chance you’ve also been advised not only to get up and walk around every few hours, but also to spend some of your day standing up.
Of course, this is much easier said than done for a few different reasons, but it’s especially hard to establish a habit when it doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference.
The key word here, though, is seem. It might not seem like standing could make much of a difference, but in addition to benefitting your health and longevity, it could help you burn quite a few more calories throughout the day, too, which most would argue is a pretty motivating added incentive.
According to calculations made by Shape Magazine via the JustStand.org Calorie-Burn Calculator, a 130-pound person could burn about 30 more calories in an hour just by standing, when compared to what they would burn while sitting. And, the more time you spend standing, the more calories you’ll burn in total.
Standing all day certainly isn’t practical (or healthy), but if you can alternate between chair time and standing every few hours, it could certainly boost your calorie burn and even more importantly, extend your life.
Additionally, whether it’s your goal to lose weight or simply live a healthier life, don’t let the idea of burning a few extra calories by standing at work de-emphasize the importance of a regular exercise routine.
In addition to incorporating more movement into your work day, dedicating time to a daily workout habit is essential to maintaining good health.
Check out some of the resources below to learn about how you can move more throughout the day, as well as tips for learning to fit workouts into a busy schedule.
10 Ways to Move More at Work
11 Ways You Can Burn More Calories During the Work Day
4 Easy Ways to Make Exercise More Convenient
One Easy Way to Offset the Negative Effects of Sitting
Find Time for Exercise: Tips to Help You Build a Regular Workout Routine