CLAIMS about health benefits from staying on your feet at work aren’t standing up to criticism!

According to the Mayo Clinic, office workers who sit for eight hours a day run a similar risk of dying as smokers. But the recent craze of standing desks won’t help reverse the trend, according to researcher­s at the Finnish Institute of Occupation­al Health.

Their analysis of 20 studies consisting of 2,000 participan­ts found little evidence to prove standing or treadmill desks offered a boost to physical well-being.

And while proponents claim standing burns twice the calories of sitting, Harvard University experts discovered standing only burned eight more calories an hour!

“Use of a standing desk for three hours burns an extra 24 calories,” reads their report, “about the same number of calories in a carrot.”

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