If you ever need an excuse to stretch your legs at work or school, here’s one more you can use.
Standing up beat sitting down when it comes to the amount of calories burned, according to a recent New York Times article. The data is based on a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, and it found that standing for 6 hours lets people burn an additional 54 calories a day.
The research suggests that this amount of calorie expenditure translates to a loss of roughly 2.5kg a year.
The sad news is most of us tend to do or eat something that replaces those extra burned calories.
The results were taken from 46 different studies which involved 1184 people, of which 60 percent were men. Apart from finding out how many calories were burned, it also revealed that men lost a little more than women, most likely due to a larger amount of muscle mass in comparison.
Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, lead author and cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, says that losing this little bit is still better than nothing.
“The benefit is modest,” he said. “But it shows that the body doesn’t ask you for much.”
“Break that ‘doing nothing’ moment a few times a day,” he added. “Just standing up and moving around and then sitting down again is helpful.”
Looks like it’s time to get off your butt and start standing more! Every calorie counts!
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer