You become more active by working in a standing position.
It feels good, is good for your health, and you can become more efficient!
Ask people who stand up and work, and you will hear from them that “it feels very good”.
In addition, by standing up, you can :
- Increase your productivity by 10% or more
- Double your calorie consumption
- Live longer and healthier by decreasing the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases
- Strenghten your body and core
- Keep back problems away by improving posture
It feels good
“It feels good to stand up when working”. That´s an answer you´ll get if you ask people who are already doing it. You´ll feel this yourself if you try it. You can also read about the research that explains the benefits with standing up, as well as the risks of too much sitting. Or, simply stay with the insight that it´s “good for the body.”
Increase your productivity by 10% or more
You increase your metabolism when you stand up. That provides more oxygen to the brain, and can contribute to making you more efficient. In an office trial, 10% improvements to efficiency were made. It is common to hear phrases like “I get twice as much done,” or “I can focuse better while standing.”
Double your calorie consumption
A research study was performed on volunteers in the UK…
Researchers took measurements on days when the volunteers stood, and when they sat around. When they looked at the data there were some striking differences. As we had hoped, blood glucose levels fell back to normal levels after a meal far more quickly on the days when the volunteers stood than when they sat.
There was also evidence, from the heart rate monitors that they were wearing, that by standing they were burning more calories.
“If we look at the heart rates,” researchers explains, “we can see they are quite a lot higher actually – on average around 10 beats per minute higher and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute.”
Now that doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up to about 50 calories an hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat.
“If you want to put that into activity levels,” researchers says, “then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work.”
How big the difference is between sitting and standing depends on how passive you are when sitting and how active you are when standing. All in all, you can double your calorie consumption just by “standing actively.” And when standing, you often tend to be more prone to moving about.
For more information regarding research on these subjects, please continue reading on the summaries below: