Stand­ing by

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Stand­ing desks have been in the spot­light since we learned that sit­ting down for hours isn’t great for our health, but a new study, pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Pre­ven­tive Car­di­ol­ogy, sug­gests it may not be as ben­e­fi­cial as claimed. A re­view of 46 stud­ies in­volv­ing 1184 peo­ple mea­sur­ing the health ben­e­fits of stand­ing desks found stand­ing for six hours a day only burns about 54 calo­ries, around the same amount of calo­ries in an or­ange. Lead au­thor Dr Fran­cisco Lopez Jimenez says the ben­e­fit is mod­est, adding that those who sit all day can mimic the ben­e­fits by break­ing “that ‘do­ing noth­ing’ mo­ment a few times a day. Just stand­ing up and mov­ing around and then sit­ting down again is help­ful.” For ad­vice on chang­ing seden­tary be­hav­iour, see our story on page 84.

Stand­ing for six hours burns around the same amount of calo­ries as in an or­ange

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