Will Standing More at Work Improve Your Health?
New research shows standing and moving more throughout your workday helps with muscle gain and weight loss. Get tips for sitting less at work to improve your long-term health.
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Studies show that your health takes a major hit from sitting for long periods of time, as your risks rise for:
The good news: Studies also show that standing and moving more throughout the work day will positively impact your health.
In a three-month study involving over 300 Danish office workers:
The first group reduced their sitting time at work by 71 minutes at one month and by 48 minutes at three months.
“They didn’t lose weight, but they did build more muscle and lost a little fat,” says wellness expert Michael Roizen, MD, who commented on the study. “Those are good things for our long-term health.”
The muscle gain and fat loss in the first group was minimal but statistically significant. The second group’s muscle gain and fat loss were unchanged.
In this study, simply standing up improved blood sugar and cholesterol, says Dr. Roizen.
Over time, replacing sitting time with walking can reduce your body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement, he notes.
Standing desks that allow you to alternate between sitting and standing may help you achieve this goal.
Don’t have access to a standing desk at work? Here are some other things you can try:
Dr. Roizen hopes future studies can determine if there are longer-term health benefits from increased standing and moving.
Meanwhile, “the data we have are clear,” he says. “If you do physical activity — 10,000 steps a day is the ideal goal, where you reduce metabolic problems — it’s really beneficial.”