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Standing Desks Not Found to Burn Significantly More Calories

Prolonged sitting is a major health concern, and has been linked to increased risk of obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess abdominal fat. Standing desks have become a popular alternative in recent years, but a new study suggests that people who use standing desks may be burning only fractionally more calories than those who sit.


Participants in the study included 46 metabolically healthy people. The researchers tested their resting metabolic rates. The participants were then asked to either lie down, sit down, or stand up before measurements were taken of their expired gases in order to assess how many calories they burned during the activity.


The researchers found that standing burned only 9 more calories per hour than sitting, the equivalent of a stalk of celery. This suggests that standing desks may not be a viable option for weight loss.


Researchers from the University of Bath led the study. It was published online ahead of print on November 8, 2018, in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

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