Every Little Bit Helps: The Calories You Burn When You Stand at Work

Have you ditched your office chair for a standing desk? Now that sitting too long has been firmly established as dangerous to your health studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase our risk of different diseases| including cancer and type 2 diabetes more and more 9-to-5ers have been spending a little more time off their chairs. It’s nice to know you’re doing something good for yourself during what’s usually our most sedentary hours| but it’s not just your lifespan that can be affected standing instead of sitting can affect your waistline too. Even if you do nothing else at all| replacing an hour or two of sitting with standing at your desk can help burn a few extra calories over your basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn when you’re not doing anything| like when you’re sitting) in addition to helping your health. Just a little switch can help you burn a surprising number of calories check out how many below.

Hours Calories burned sitting Calories burned standing

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While standing in front of your computer for an entire day may not be practical (or pain-free!)| it helps to see just how many more calories you can burn over time. The next time you take a stand| feel good about doing something for your health in more ways than one.

Calories based on a 130-pound person; calculations from JustStand.org.

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