Standing is the New Sitting

Nowadays, we wake up in the morning, then either get in the car/bus/train to go to work where some of us sit down, we normally repeat the mornings process and then lounge around and watch TV at home before going to bed, that is a lot of time spent in a static state! Not only does this much non-movement cause obesity, cardiovascular diseases, poor circulation, lower our metabolism, joint stiffness, it also causes us to have posture issues, as we don’t always sit upright and some of us have tendencies to slouch, this makes back pain more likely.

If you are travelling by public transport you could try getting up a bit earlier in the morning and getting off a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. If this is not feasible, then you could make sure you get up to make a drink and stretch frequently keeping the blood flowing through your body.

Standing at work

Most workplaces encourage you to stay fit and well and have various ways of supporting this with gym memberships, fruit baskets, massage etc… they are also encouraging people to stand to at their desks to work as it has far more benefits.

Some examples of standing desks

Burn more calories

Standing is a great, if not a hidden way of burning calories, as no-one ever stands still, we shuffle from foot to foot, move to grab something, or even clench our thighs/bums whilst standing!! When you stand you burn something like 10 calories more than if you are sitting down, this adds up to a lot throughout the year, the equivalent of running 10 marathons a year! That’s a lot of calories!

Stand up VS sitting down!

Instead of spending all day sitting, try to stand more. Standing burns extra calories through movement and fidgeting, both of which are more likely when standing as opposed to sitting. This may feel tiring at first, but after a while your body gets used to it and you’ll find you have more energy.

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