Do You Really Burn More Calories While Standing?
The first thing to understand is that when it comes to burning calories while standing or sitting, there are two different ways of doing so: standing burns more calories than sitting and walking burns less. If you want to lose weight, then the best way would be to exercise regularly at least five times a week. However, if you’re not sure how many minutes each activity takes up, then you need some sort of calorie counter tool.
Calorie counters are useful tools that can tell you how much energy you’ve used during your day. They do this by counting all the things like steps taken, stairs climbed, and other activities. These types of calorie counters work well because they take into account everything that happens while someone is using them.
The problem with these type of tools is that they don’t count calories burned in between activities such as resting or sleep time.
To get around this issue, researchers have developed a new type of calorie counter called a pedometer. A pedometer measures the number of steps you take throughout the day and uses those numbers to calculate how many calories you’ve burned. Researchers from University College London found that people who walk for 30 minutes three times a week burn about 1,000 fewer calories than people who sit for the same amount of time.
While this doesn’t seem like much, it can actually make a huge difference after a year of use.
Doing activities that involve standing up burns more calories than sitting down, even if you move at the same speed. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk in order to use this method. Standing is enough.
Researchers have found that standing for just two hours a day can help you lose weight, especially when combined with other simple lifestyle changes. Standing burns around 80 extra calories per day.
The key with standing is to make sure that you get up every 30 to 60 minutes and move around for at least 2 minutes. You should also stand on breaks at work and during your free time. Find a way to integrate activity into your workday and you’ll see great results.
When it comes to weight loss, burning an additional 80 calories a day can make all the difference in the world.
Do you really burn more calories while standing?
Probably not. The reason people believe this is because they usually substitute standing with other things that require little to no effort at all. Things like texting, using the computer, watching t.v and other sedentary activities. Yes, you’ll probably burn a few more calories doing these while standing up rather than sitting down but you’ll also increase your chances of getting back problems as well.
Staying fit is one of the most important things in your life and you have to be willing to put in the effort in order to see results. If you really want to burn some calories and stay fit, then get off your butt and go do something! Just standing for a few minutes at a time while you work or watch t.v won’t make any difference.
Make sure to get up every 30 minutes or when you get the chance and move it around for 2 minutes. This will really make a difference and keep your back from hurting as well.
I’ve been using a pedometer all year long and have seen some great results. I’ve also incorporated standing whenever I can, even for short periods of time such as while I’m cooking or cleaning. After just three months of using a pedometer, I’ve managed to lose over 15 pounds.
That’s more than enough motivation for me to keep going and reach my weight loss goals.
After losing all this weight, I’m starting to look and feel a lot better. I have more energy, I’m able to go hiking and do other fun activities and most importantly, my confidence is up. I know that if I can do all this, then anyone can!
So, are you ready to get started?
It’s easier than you think!
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