We all know that movement constitutes exercise. However, what about just standing? If you sweat at the mere thought of breaking a sweat, this is definitely good news for you. Simply standing too is an exercise and not just that, it has innumerable benefits too.
Fat burns while you stand
When you sit, your body’s metabolism goes for a toss. As against this, just standing can turn the tables for you. Studies show that when you stand, your body starts burning fat, which it was storing when you were sitting. “The enzymes in blood vessels of muscles responsible for fat burning are shut off within hours of not standing,” Professor Marc Hamilton, of the University of Missouri, said.
A study published in the European Heart Journal showed that standing has multiples benefits, such as it improves one’s cholesterol, controls blood sugar and fat levels, and improved the good cholesterol levels. The study that involved 800 participants, showed that by standing for two extra hours every day, participants reduced their blood sugar levels by 2 per cent and fat levels by a whopping 11 per cent.
Why standing burns calories?
If you are wondering why would a task as simple as standing burn calories, it is because when you stand, you exercise your muscles in your legs, abdomen and butt. This expends more energy than sitting.
Standing vs walking
Now, if you think that standing can do justice to your day’s walking schedule and replace it, that’s not true. Though standing definitely is a better habit than sitting, walking is better than standing. For an average adult, standing would burn about 190 calories in an hour while sitting would only burn 130 and would also contribute to fat storage. On the other hand, walking can burn up to 320 calories in the same time. However, walking may not always be possible for you, but standing mostly is.
How many times do you get up from your seat?
If you have a job that involves you to sit, it is recommended that for every 30 minutes of sitting, you must stand for 10 minutes. So, let’s say you have an eight-hour shift, it would require you to stand 16 times every day.
What can you do?
If you want to incorporate standing more in your everyday life and replace sitting with it, you can try the following:
– Look for a standing desk in your office and spend at least two hours of your shift while standing.
– Walk and talk. If you are on conference calls, just get a headset and stand. It will be even better if you loiter around while you take the call.
– Watch TV while you stand. Though it may sound like a bad idea, it is a good way to make your body burn more while the mind is elsewhere.
– Get a wearable device that will remind you to stand more.