Are There Health Benefits to Standing Up?
If you’re one of the many Americans that has a “desk job,” you probably spend hours at a time sitting at a desk. Add to that all the time you spend sitting watching television or doing something on your computer, and you’re probably sitting far too much. Are there really health benefits to standing up more throughout the day? Here’s a look at science supported benefits that will help you make up your mind.
Benefit #1 – Weight Loss
One of the main benefits of standing up while you work is weight loss. When you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight. Studies show that you can burn far more calories standing up than you can while sitting down. That caloric difference adds up, helping you lose weight and helping you maintain your weight loss once you’re at your target weight.
Benefit #2 – Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Using a standing desk may also help reduce your risk of heart disease. Scientists have found that prolonged sitting increases your heart disease significantly, and even intense exercise may not be able to make up for the damage that sitting causes to your body. Spend more time on your feet and you’ll benefit your health.
Benefit #3 – Fewer Problems with Back Pain
Sitting all day leaves many office workers dealing with low back pain. However, once again, standing can help. When employees with long term back pain have spent more time using a standing desk, they have seen an improvement in their low back pain.
Benefit #4 – Enjoy More Energy
Standing up more often can also help you enjoy more energy. You’ll deal with less fatigue and most people who use standing desks report that they have more energy through their day. You may even notice that you’re in a better mood, since sedentary time has been linked with a higher risk of anxiety and depression.
Sitting too much can have negative health effects and also burns few calories. The good news is that you can actually change this by going with a standing desk. When you’re working hard to lose weight, even small changes help. Choosing to use a standing desk, even just a few hours a day, is one change that can help you lose weight while offering you many other great health benefits.
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