Stand up to Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy

by Maria on January 27, 2014

Research has concluded that in our modern sedentary culture we sit way too much. Science has also highlighted the obvious remedy  to be included in your exercise program: standing!

Why Sitting is a Dangerous Health Threat

Above all, the human body is built for movement, not for sitting still.

Alarmingly, the latest research links the “sitting disease” to obesity, diabetes, deadly blood clots, muscle wasting, depression, and the major killers -heart disease, and cancer. And more to the point, even exercising the recommended half-hour a day, while beneficial, isn’t enough to fend off the ill effects of sitting.

How Sitting Contributes to Weight Gain, and Damages your Health

Experts suggest that excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system. How? It leads to deactivating of the legs which results in reduced metabolism. And, in terms of calorie burn it’s a disaster. In fact, scientists go as far as suggesting  that sitting  presents the same health risks as smoking.

They claim that after four hours of sitting, the genes and enzymes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down. Instead, fat in the blood stream is being stored by fat cells all throughout the body, and especially around vital organs, which is a very dangerous place for fat to settle.

Standing Can Help you Lose Weight and Stay Healthy

Of course, more physical activity and healthy eating will help you a great deal to lose weight fast and stay healthy. However, by small changes, like standing, or walking for 5 minutes in every half hour of an eight-hour working day, an average adult could burn over 2,500 calories over one month, which can be an important part of weight control.

In truth, standing is like walking: It increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, and revs up metabolism.

In fact, the American Medical Association agrees that sitting for extended periods of time can be bad for  health. Their newly adopted policy recommends business organizations offer sitting alternatives, including standing desks.

Here are eight easy ways to stand more:

  • Walk more at work.
  • While computing, set a timer to remind you to stand up and stretch every half hour.
  • Stand up when you talk on the phone.
  • Avoid long sitting commutes by standing on the bus, subway, or train.
  • Stand, or exercise while you watch TV.

Certainly, standing all day may not be healthy, or practical. People naturally want to sit at times to rest, or when intensely concentrating.

Conclusion: The message is clear – move more, and sit less to lose weight and stay healthy. It works. Plain and simple.

And remember, change starts by taking action in the moment!

 

 

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