We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sitting is a serious hinderance to your health. Sitting is so bad for you that doctors and health experts around the world have crowned it “the new smoking."
So what can you do to avoid these negative health effects? Stand! Sitting harms your health. Standing heals it. Here are 5 measureable effects of standing on your health:
1. You Burn More Calories
According to JustStand.org, a 150 lb person will burn 262 more calories standing during a 7-hour workday than they would sitting. Check out their calorie-burn calculator here. For people who are trying to lose weight, making the change from sitting to standing will help them lose about a ½ pound per week, or 26 lbs over the course of a year.
2. You’re Happier
People who stand are happier than people that don’t. A recent study in Queensland, Australia found that people who sat for 7 hours a day were 3 times as likely to have symptoms of depression than those who sat for 4.
Stand up equals mood up.
3. You Get More Health Benefits From Your Workouts
Sitting is disastrous to your health, EVEN if you workout every day. Researchers at the American Cancer Society found that even if you hit the gym daily, the health benefits that you gain can be easily undone by sitting all day.
Lesson learned: An hour in the gym doesn’t make up for an overall sedentary/sitting lifestyle. Standing helps you maintain all of the amazing health benefits you get from sweating it out.
4. You Have Better Posture
Sitting all day is not good for your posture, and bad posture can lead to a whole mess of problems, including constipation, poor circulation and increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It can also be painful: Sitting puts up to 90% more stress on your lower body than standing does.
Stand up, stand straight and reap the benefits of good posture.
5. You’re Less Likely To Die of A Heart Attack
After analyzing the lifestyles of more than 17,000 over 13 years, scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana found that people who spend the majority of their day sitting are 54% more likely to die from heart attacks.
Not dying from a heart attack? Sounds like a pretty good reason to get out of that chair.
So how do you stand more? Standing desks are a great way to integrate standing into your workday (check out our budget-friendly options here) . In the meantime, you can combat some of the negative health effects of sitting by breaking up the time that you spend in the chair. Every 30 minutes, get up and stretch, take a walk or move your body in some way. This will help keep your body engaged and avoid accumulating too much consecutive sedentary time.
Think about it this way: when the true health consequences of smoking came to light back in the 80s, a lot of people continued to smoke - but they’re paying for it today. Don’t be that person with the “new smoking.” With all of the information about sitting and what it’s doing to your body, you owe it to yourself to take a stand for your health.