It’s been said a million times before, but we’ll go ahead and say it again: Sitting down all day is killing you– literally. Some have declared sitting the new smoking, others have pointed out that sitting increases your risk of death up to 40%, even the American Medical Association is considering officially recognizing the dangers of sitting all day. The evidence is in. It’s time to start moving more during the work day. Our library of MoveMore tools is a great place to get started.
Use our handy Calorie Burner tool to calculate how many calories you burn sitting versus standing. The average person burns 50 more calories per hour when standing rather than sitting. And that number quickly adds up: if you stand 4 hours per day, that’s 200 extra calories burned per day.
But don’t just take our word for it. Plug in your weight, the number of hours you work per day and how many days you work each week to see how many more calories you burn standing versus sitting. The result might surprise you:
For someone who works full time (8 hours a day, 5 days a week) and weighs 150 pounds, standing up burns almost 2,000 more calories in a week. That’s a significant amount, especially if you maintain it! And if you can fit in a couple hours of exercise per week, you’re well on your way to losing weight and feeling great.
Can’t stop thinking about splurging on a strawberry milkshake this afternoon? By all means, go right ahead, but before you head out to your favorite ice cream shop, take a minute to calculate how long you’ll need to stand up to burn off the calories in your delicious treat.
Our Just Eat It calculator does all the work for you, and with over 450 options under the “what are you craving” pull-down menu, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find exactly what you ate for lunch. Let’s take a look:
Enjoying a Subway BLT with avocado for lunch today? Stand up for a little more than two hours in the afternoon to kiss those calories goodbye. Indulging in a McDonald’s hamburger? Burn those 264 calories off by spending a little more than an hour and a half on your feet. Easy as pie. Mmm… pie…
Hopefully after taking a look through our MoveMore tools, you’re feeling a little more inspired to get up and get moving during your 8-hour workday. As you’ve seen, one of the best and easiest ways to avoid the “sitting disease,” is to use a standing desk at work.
Are you ready to take the plunge and ask your boss to buy you a height-adjustable desk? If you’re not sure how to approach asking him or her, no worries, we’ve done the work for you. Simply download our Convince Your Boss letter, sign your name and send it off. And if you need more ammunition, don’t miss our library of articles and videos. Send your boss one of those each week until he budges. With a dash of compelling evidence and a touch of perseverance, you’ll be standing up all day in no time.