Being the “fitness freak” I have become I try to find any opportunity I can to burn a few extra calories. Â I’ve found that standing as much as possible rather than sitting helps me do just that. Â According to LiveStrong.com, one of my favorite go-to sites for health and fitness information, standing can help burn 20-50 more calories per hour depending on your size. Â This can equate to 80-200 more calories burned for those standing 4 hours a day. Â According to the same article, a 130 pound woman burns approximately 99 calories per hour standing (this actually applies to me!). Â Like many of us, if you have a job that involves a lot of sitting then standing could be just what you need to counter the effects of sitting. Â I typically go to the breakroom at work and stand while working between 20 minutes to an hour. Â I can already see the benefits of doing so. Â That’s why if you’re looking for a way to easily burn extra calories then standing as much as possible throughout the day is something I highly recommend. Â Here are my top reasons why I think you should stand as much as possible as a part of your daily fitness routine.
Easy Way to Burn Calories
As LiveStrong.com mentioned in the article, a 130 pound woman standing for an hour burns about 99 calories per hour vs. sitting for that same amount of time, which only burns about 78 calories. Â This may not seem like much of a different but it definitely adds up.
No Equipment Needed
You don’t need to hold weights or anything else to burn calories from standing. Â All you need are your legs…that’s it. Â Standing may even help to strengthen and tone your legs over time.
You Can Do This “Exercise” Almost Anywhere
You can stand at home while eating dinner or watching your favorite TV show. Â Or how about at the office? Â As I previously mentioned, I like to go to the break room once or twice a day at the office to get my standing in. Â I’ve also found that I’m able to get a lot of work done and, at times, even focus better. Â It’s definitely a nice little break from the daily routine of a desk job.
Can Help with Posture
According to LivingStrong.com, standing can be beneficial to your posture while sitting for long periods can compress the spine as well as tighten neck muscles and shoulders. Â I’ve actually experienced tightness in my neck and shoulders sometimes from sitting too long. I’ve also felt some discomfort in my knees. Â This always lets me know that it’s time for me to take a standing break or go for a walk.
Sometimes I find that after sitting for a while I think less clearly…especially if that sitting involved looking at a computer. Â Maybe it is because of minor aches and pains I feel or just because it can be plain boring at times. Â Whatever the reason is I just like to break up the routine of sitting too while also knowing standing is giving me that extra calorie burn I need.
Besides the benefits I’ve found with standing versus sitting, various reports have also mentioned that standing can help to decrease the chance of health ailments that inhibit weight loss. Â These include the inability to break down blood fats and control glucose. Â So by simply standing more you can be on your way to better fitness and health. Â Even if you start out by standing an extra 10-15 minutes a day you can build up to 20, 30, 45 minutes then eventually and hour or longer. Â You gotta start somewhere and you have nothing to lose but extra calories. Â So happy standing 🙂