We May As Well Sit On Our Arse All Day 'Cause Standing Desks Won't Make You Skinnier
To sit or to stand? That is the question.
And here is the answer: Whatever.
Researchers from the Universtiy of Bath have revealed that people who spend their day on their feet -- mainly those with stand-up desks -- burn only about nine extra calories per hour than their bum-sitting counterparts.
In fact, the study found that it would take someone using a stand-up desk nearly an entire workday just to burn off the calories from their morning coffee.
The study, published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, tested the resting metabolic rates of 46 healthy guys and gals. Participants were then asked to either lie-down, sit down or stand up before the researchers took measurements which determined how many calories they burned.
Turns out, the difference between each state was pretty minimal.
"The very small increase in energy cost of standing compared to sitting that we observed suggests that replacing time spent sitting with time spent standing is unlikely to influence our waistlines in any meaningful way," said one of the scientists involved in the study, Dr Javier Gonzalez.
"To put this difference in context, it would require an additional 20 hours of standing time, on average, to burn off a medium latte"
The researchers behind the study said that previously it was thought that due to the "biomechanics of standing" -- with more muscles and the like being used by our bodies to support us -- we would expel more energy.
And while the study has proven that you're unlikely to lose any noticeable amount of weight by having a stand-up desk -- sitting all day does come with its own health dangers.
According to the Mayo Clinic sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a cluster of health concerns, including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.
"Many people are becoming aware of the negative health effects of prolonged sitting," said Dr Gonzalez.
"But these people should be aware that whilst there are still some health benefits to standing more, they should not expect to see drastic changes in their body weight," he said.
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