Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Burn Tons of Calories While Standing
A study shows that you can burn a lot of calories just by standing more in a day that may give you major health benefits instead of sitting.
BBC, Dr John Buckley, and researchers from the University of Chester carry out an experiment by asking ten volunteers who work at an estate agents to stand for at least three hours a day for a week.
The volunteers wore accelerometers which is a movement monitor, heart rate monitors, and glucose monitors to measure blood sugar levels throughout the day and night.
The researchers noted measurements on when the volunteers are standing, and when they are just sitting. Comparing the two, the data shows striking differences. The blood glucose levels goes down to normal levels after a meal more quickly on the days when they are standing as oppose to when they sit. Also their heart rates remain higher when they are standing, recording about 10 extra beats per minute, that resulted into a bigger calorie burn.
"If we look at the heart rates," Dr. John Buckley said, "we can see they are quite a lot higher actually - on average around 10 beats per minute higher and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute."
0.7 of a calorie per minute is not that much but if it accumulate, it can get to 42 calories an hour. If you find time to stand everyday for 6 hours, that's 252 calories a day and 1,764 calories a week.
Dr Buckley added that if you consider it as an activity level, "then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work."
So if you want to burn more, you need to practice doing your work while standing!