Whether you stand or sit may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to burning 792 more calories in an 8-hour time frame, then maybe it just may be a big deal.

You see, a 130-pound female burns around 99 calories per hour standing quietly, which- if you do the math- equates to 792 calories over an 8-hour time frame .

Talk about burning calories with minimal movement and effort!

Standing, which is also known as NEAT (Non-exercise Activity Thermogenisis), helps in burning off calories throughout the day- just like fidgeting, gesturing, shivering, and all those kind of everyday reactions do.

Adding these types of activity helps to create a larger calorie burn each day, assisting in our weight-loss efforts.

With standing, it often leads to additional movements like shifting body weight from one leg to the other, pacing back and forth while on the telephone, or even walking to the garbage bin or copy machine.

Small movements like these are what really add up to more calories that are burned throughout the course of the day.

And just because you may be a gym-goer doesn’t mean you are safe from weight-gain that is increased through sitting.

Putting in a mere 30 minutes every day on the treadmill will not erase the hours of your waking time spent sitting.

Just think: if you sit for 8 hours out of your day, you are burning roughly only 624 calories- which is less than what most people consume at their dinner!

calories burned standing vs sitting2

Plus, a sedentary lifestyle on top of all of this sitting will only contribute to obesity and health complications in the near future. Therefore, stand up.

Get off your bum bum and let your legs do their job!

You can make an effort to get up more often throughout the day, especially if you are tied to your desk. Increase your non-work activity by taking a walk during your lunch break, parking further away in the parking lot and/or moving as much as you can in the evenings and on the weekends.

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