Weight Loss Related Benefits of a Standing Desk
Standing desks are growing in popularity and it is not hard to see why. They improve efficiency, increase energy levels and reduce back pain. What is more, they can also help you lose weight. Following are some ways that standing desks enable you to shed unwanted pounds.
Burn Extra Calories
Standing for an afternoon can burn as many as 170 calories. While this doesn't seem like much, bear in mind that it does add up. Burning 170 calories a day, five days a week will result in the loss of over 3,000 calories a month.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
It is a known fact that spending too much time sitting at a desk increases feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. While these feelings may not seem to be connected to weight gain, the fact is that most people grab unhealthy snacks when feeling upset or in need of an emotional "pick me up". You can avoid the temptation to consume empty calories by simply spending some of your office time on your feet.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
If you spend most of your day sitting, the odds are your blood sugar levels will spike after lunch. This causes the body to store fat instead of using it. Standing, on the other hand, lowers blood sugar levels and thus promotes weight loss.
You don't have to spend your entire workday on your feet in order to gain the benefits of standing while working. In fact, it is recommended that you alternate between sitting and standing while at work. This can easily be done because many standing desks are height adjustable and you can lower the desk when you are sitting and raise it to stand up. Give it a try and discover the health benefits to be gained from spending a bit of time standing up.
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