According to a new research, standing for six hours a day could help a person lose weight considerably.
A new research has found that standing for six hours a day could prevent weight gain, helping a person burn fat. The researchers found that standing burns more calories than sitting.
The study was published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
The team examined results from a total of 46 studies with 1,184 participants. On average, the participants were 33 years old, 60 percent were men, and the average body mass index and weight were 24 kg/m2 and 65 kg, respectively.
Senior author Professor Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, said, “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 is far more than just weight control.”
From the study, the participants were standing still, while in reality people make small movements while standing. The gap in energy expenditure between standing and sitting could be even greater than the study established.
Professor Lopez-Jimenez said;
“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.”
The researchers established that standing instead of sitting, could be yet another behaviour change to help ease the risk of long term weight gain. They suggest more research is required to check whether such a strategy is effective and practical.
Professor Lopez-Jimenez concluded that it’s essential to avoid sitting for hours at a time.
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