Is a standing desk really better for you than sitting at a desk all day?
Recently, there has been a surge of articles that have come out explaining how beneficial it is to have a standing desk at your work place.
The market for standing desks is predicted to reach $2.8 billion over the next seven years.
Recently, there was an analysis released by European Journal of Preventative Cardiology.. The analysis looked at 658 studies that looked into sitting vs. standing at a desk. Its goal was to identify the difference between sitting and standing at a desk. The analysis addressed different factors including: age, gender, weight, and fitness.
The analysis found that, “the average difference in calories burned between sitting and standing was 0.15 kcal/minute (a kcal, or kilocalorie, is the equivalent of one food calorie, also known as a "large" calorie). For women the average difference was lower than men (0.1 kcal/min vs 0.19 kcal/min).”
This means that six hours of standing a day instead of sitting burns about 13 M&Ms or 18 small red grapes worth of calories a day.
In all, there is a not a huge difference in standing vs. sitting at a desk during your work day. It may have an increase in energy levels. Try rotating throughout the day to get your body and legs moving a bit.
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