[sociable/] We all know that having a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for us, but sometimes it seems inevitable; if your job involves long periods of sitting down, for instance, you’re going to be inactive for most of the day.
Office workers who spend all day behind a desk, however, may want to reconsider when they learn that standing up for an extra three hours a day could burn off as much as 8lbs of fat EACH YEAR.
That’s why government scientists are now recommending that you try to work standing up instead.
Chester University scientist John Buckley encouraged those feeling sluggish to push away their chairs and to work standing up from a higher than normal computer desk.
It seems it is possible to write standing up; indeed, author Ernest Hemingway liked to pen his novels when standing on two feet.
Standing up for three hours consumes 144 calories, claimed Dr Buckley, from the department of clinical sciences and nutrition. Standing up will also help to improve circulation and reduce obesity,
Dr Buckley told BBC News: “People are sitting down at work, then sitting in the car and then sitting down in front of the television.
“Your metabolic rate crashes to an absolute minimum. It isn’t natural. Humans are designed to stand up and keep moving.”
Part of a group working with England’s chief medical officer to tackle obesity, Dr Buckley believes small changes in the workplace such as standing up could give long-term health benefits.
The risks of as sedentary lifestyle are well known. A recent shocking Australian study discovered that adults who sat for 11 or more hours per day had a 40% greater chance of dying within the next three years when compared to those who sat for less than four hours a day