According to a new health study, published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, standing for six hours a day can be helpful in preventing weight gain. Interestingly, it also helps people to actually lose weight. The study examined whether standing burns more calories than sitting, reported Hindustan Times.
For the purpose of the study, a group of researchers analyzed results from a total of 46 studies with 1184 participants in total. On an 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.
The study found that 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.
“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 senior author Professor Francisco Lopez-Jimenez.
The Professor concluded saying that it’s important to avoid sitting for hours at a time. Standing is a very good first step. In fact, the health benefits would be even greater if those who introduce more standing into their day also added more walking. Notably, standing is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. so the benefits of standing could go beyond weight control.
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