You may want to be up on your feet while reading this. Although it’s no surprise that prolonged sitting has been linked to obesity related diseases, such as heart ailments and diabetes, researchers may have finally found an exact number of hours you need to stay on your feet to combat obesity and weight gain.
Standing for six hours through the course of the day could help people actually lose weight and prevent more weight gain, found a recent study has found.
The study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology indicated that the gap in energy expenditure between standing and sitting could be even greater than what the study revealed.
“Standing not only burns more calories, the additional muscle activity is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, so the benefits of standing could go beyond weight control,” said Professor Francisco Lopez- Jimenez, Chief of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in the US.
“Our results might be an underestimate because when people stand they tend to make spontaneous movements like shifting weight or swaying from one foot to another, taking small steps forward and back. People may even be more likely to walk to the filing cabinet or trash bin,” said Professor Lopez-Jimenez.
“People may even be more likely to walk to the filing cabinet or trash bin,” added Lopez-Jimenez.
The team concluded that replacing standing for sitting could be yet another behaviour change to help reduce the risk of long term weight gain. They suggest more research is needed to see whether such a strategy is effective and practical.
Professor Lopez-Jimenez concluded by saying, “It’s important to avoid sitting for hours at a time. Standing is a very good first step-no pun intended-to avoid this mindset of sitting interminably without moving. Who knows, it may also prompt some people to do a little more and take up some mild physical activity, which would be even more beneficial.”