There is an easy way to burn 52,000 calories in 2016 by making one simple change, you can now burn few extra calories while avoiding the dangers sitting for 8 hours a day; just stand and type. Working at a standing desk approximately burns 20 to 50 more calories per hour than sitting on your office chair.
Your future self will definitely be thanking you for making the switch to standing more often. Yes, spending more of your working day on your feet needs room for adjustment. However, the number of calories you can typically burn by just standing for longer can be quite convincing.
If you stand more during your working day you can burn an extra 80 to 200 calories. Although this number may not seem like a lot, in the grand scheme of things it translates to burning between 8 and 20 extra pounds over the course of a year. That up to 52,000 extra calories per year. Now if you ran a Marathon on average you burn 100 calories per mile, so 2,600 per Marathon. By using this desk you run the equivalent of 20 Marathons in 2016 without feeling the pain!
A study conducted by the University of Iowa found that employees who used sit-stand desks, stood for 60 minutes a day compared to their sitting counterparts. They also walked an additional six minutes per day while at work. The study also found that employees who used sit-stand desks burned up to 87 more calories a day.
This study’s findings may not be earth-shattering as it is quite obvious that standing rather than sitting is a bit more work. Yet, it is the most concrete study that proves standing while working is beneficial for office workers in the long run.