How to Actively Take a Stand on Slimming Down and Getting Healthy


You may not want to sit down for this.

New research finds the mere act of standing burns more calories over time compared to sitting, and anyone bent on weight loss may want to remain upright a few more hours each day.

In fact, standing for six hours each day — at a ‘standing desk’ at the office, for example — could help you shed more than five pounds in one year, the new study found.

Even though the notion of standing instead of sitting for a few more hours per day might seem daunting, “for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits,” said study author Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez.

He’s chair of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“Standing not only burns more calories,” Lopez-Jimenez said in a Mayo news release, “[but] 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.”

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SOURCE: Azhar Supariwala, M.D., director, structural heart imaging, cardiovasular diseases, Southside Hospital, Bayshore, N.Y.; Rachel Bond, M.D., associate director, Women's Heart Health, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York CIty; Mayo Clinic, news release, Jan. 31, 2018

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