Average person burns an extra 60 calories an hour just by standing
Are you sitting down? Probably. Well get this, according to the University of Missouri in Columbia, the average person burns an extra 60 calories an hour just by standing. Turns out, the amount of time you spend sitting in your chair, could in fact, be making you fat(ter).
“Chair time is an insidious hazard,” said Dr. Marc Hamilton, a professor at the University of Missouri. “The rates of obesity are doubled or sometimes even tripled in people who sit a lot,” he said. Dr. Hamilton recommends that if there is a practical choice between sitting or standing, to choose standing.
Standing also improves your good cholesterol levels (HDL)
Studies have shown that people who sit around, reduce their HDL cholesterol by as much as 22 percent. That’s pretty significant for not doing anything.
Dr. Hamilton has turned in his desk chair for a treadmill, however that seems ridiculous to me. Some more practical suggestions from Dr. Hamilton are:
- Stand when watching your kids at the playground
- Take more breaks at work (bring on the backlash)
- Stand while talking on the phone (I pace when I talk on the phone)
- Stand while watching television (I recommend turning it off and watch it at the gym, instead — while on the treadmill)