Research Shows Standing at Work Can Help You Lose Weight

The average American sits on average more than seven hours a day, making us one of the most sedentary in the world. A new study released by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology shows that using a standing workspace for six hours a day can lead to weight loss over time.

standing desk weight loss

The study combines the best available research on sitting, standing and energy expenditure to make a strong case for the benefits of standing while working.

The study, which distills the findings of 46 studies with a combined enrollment of 1,184 participants, showed that if the average office worker were to stand vs sit for six hours a day, he or she would burn an additional 54 calories a day.

At first glance, that may not seem very impactful, but over the course of a year it amounts to losing 5.5 lbs of body fat.

While standing provides a leg up on weight loss, experts are quick to point out that just standing is not necessarily the healthiest way to work. The key is to keep your body moving naturally through short walks, stretching or alternating sitting and standing aka “transitional sitting.”

Standing Desk Chair

The Muvman sit to stand stool allows you to move between sitting, standing and perching while keeping your body in motion, making it the healthiest way to sit. If you are looking to keep your body in peak health while you work, incorporating transitional sitting into your day is the way to go.


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