A standing desk is a simple way to burn significantly more fat as well as reaping tons of other benefits that go with it.
Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle is one thing, but did you know that simply standing an extra few hours a day can go a long way in burning more fat?
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t — here’s why.
Burn Fat with a Standing Desk
It’s as simple as that.
How many hours do you spend working per day?
Do you have time to go to the gym or take a daily walk?
Imagine what you could do if you burned over an extra thousand calories?
And do you know how hard it is to burn 1000 calories through exercise?
Well, it’s very hard and unsustainable.
But a standing desk can increase your calorie expenditure by a huge margin and enable you to burn more fat.
According to startstanding.org: “If you stand for eight hours, you will burn an average of 134 calories per hour (the estimated number of calories burned by a 170 lb. person). For eight hours, the estimated calories burned is 1648.”
If you were to sit “For eight hours, the estimated calories burned is 1072.”
Making a difference of around 600 caloires or 1lb of fat per day.
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But how much easy would it be if you could burn these extra calories.
All things being equal, you would lose an additional 1lb of fat per week just by the use of a standing desk.
Furthermore, as we wrote in a previous article: “Now researchers at a Finnish university have established that simply increasing the amount of time you spend standing each day can have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity, without the addition of extra exercise or making alterations to one’s diet. Thus far, there has been little research on the relationship between sedentary behaviour and insulin resistance.”
The study, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, features the observation that standing is associated with better insulin sensitivity independently of the amount of daily physical activity or sitting time, fitness level, or body mass index (BMI).
“This association has not been shown before. These findings further encourage replacing a part of daily sitting time with standing, especially if physical activity recommendations are not met,” says one of the researchers, Taru Garthwaite.
The study also shows healthy body composition has a very important effect on metabolic health. Indeed, increased body fat percentage was a more important factor in terms of insulin sensitivity than physical activity, fitness, or the amount of time spent sitting.
Standing, on the other hand, was associated with insulin sensitivity independently, irrespective of body composition.
There you have it — a standing desk for you to complete your 8 hours of work can have tremendous health benefits.
Aside from losing fat, a standing desk will improve your quality of life.
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