Standing at work burns as many calories as running a marathon

Working while standing

Workers who use standing desks could burn the same calories as if they ran 11 marathons.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that 2.6 calories are burnt when you sit down for one minute, in comparison to 3.3 calories, which are shed after standing for the same duration.

Therefore standing for an entire working day could see colleagues burn 130 calories – an extra 50 calories per hour and worked out over a whole year, equates to burning the same as running 286 miles.

People in desk jobs are being urged to stand for a minimum of two hours per day to boost circulation and lower blood pressure, and to avoid blood clots, heart attacks and promote a better work efficiency in the office.

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