On average, standing burned .15 more calories a minute than sitting. Chalk that up to Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which refers to calories burned during typical daily activities — not working out.
If food intake stayed constant, people who stood for several hours a day instead of chair-surfing could lose up to 5.5 pounds a year.
“Standing for long periods of time for many adults may seem unmanageable, especially those who have desk jobs, but, for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits,” said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, senior author and chair of preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic.
Standing at work not only burns more calories and battles the bulge. Additional muscle activity has other perks such as lower rates of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
Before you trade in your conventional desk and bombard human relations, researchers caution that more study is needed to gauge the health impact of standing for extended periods.