Standing and Sitting, the study and Essential Health Benefits of Standing
It’s my opinion that people sit too much, we watch TV, we work and play on the computer, we sit driving to and from work. It seems like we have to try pretty hard to get any kind of physical activity these days.
Sitting all day in the same position puts you at huge levels of health risk. SO how much better is standing vs sitting?
Let’s find out…
Let’s take a moment to consider the many health benefits of standing. We can begin by looking at a couple of recent Studies.
1. Standing reduces risk of weight gain.
While standing your body is better able to burn more calories when you are standing vs sitting. A sedentary lifestyle, where you are spend most of your time sitting, invariably leads to weight gain and obesity.
A recent study published by the University of Calgary reveals that standing for at least six hours throughout the day significantly decreases the probability of obesity in both men and women.
The study used three measures to assess over 7,000 adults: body mass index, body fat percentage, and waist circumference. The researchers found that men who stood up for at least six hours per day had a 59% reduced likelihood of obesity. For women, standing for at least six hours a day was linked to 35% reduced chance of obesity.
2. Standing vs sitting lowers risk of heart disease.
Choosing to stand rather than sit lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, and keeps weight off—all of which decreases your risk for heart disease.
Researchers in Canada found that standing desks can help increase your “good” cholesterol and decrease your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels if used for at least two hours per day. Standing and working at a sit desk desk just a couple hours a day can make that 2% difference to your cholesterol levels. A 2% lower average fasting blood sugar level in both men and women, and an 11% lower average level of triglycerides.
Standing for the extra time was also shown to improve HDL cholesterol by 0.06 mmol/L and lower LDL cholesterol by 6%. In fact, every two hours that is spent sitting each day was associated with increased weight and waist size and increased levels of blood sugar and bad cholesterol.
Not surprisingly, time spent walking instead of sitting had a reverse effect. However, simply substituting two hours of standing for sitting improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels.