Research is increasing revealing the many ways that excessive idle time can be detrimental to our health.
One of the study found that excessive sitting could accelerate the process of aging biologically, since sitting for long periods of time can shorten our telomeres. These are the caps that protect the end of our chromosomes.
The link between obesity and sedentarism is widely known. To add depth to this study is another one which we recently wrote about in which it was found that sitting for too long could lead to the accumulation of fat in the internal organs of our body.
We all know that working out more is key to combating the negative effects of sitting However, getting time and determination to go to the gym is often difficult.
It is possible that something as easy as standing instead of sitting aid in losing weight?
A new study has proven that it could. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, have carried out the first ever systematic review of existing studies that examine the difference between sitting down and standing in terms of calories burned.
Doctor. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, who is the director of prevention cardiology at the Mayo Clinic — led the meta-analysis that is included in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez’s team reviewed 46 studies that amounted to 1,184 subjects who were 33 years old, in average. The mean weight of these people of the study was 143.3 pounds (or 65 kilograms).
The first study’s author is the study’s lead author Dr. Farzane Saeidifard, a cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, sums up the results.
“Overall,” she declares, “our study shows that, when you put all the available scientific evidence together, standing accounts for more calories burned than sitting.”
Particularly, when compared to being seated, standing has been associated to 0.15 greater calories burnt each minute. That implies that if an adult who weighs 143.3 pounds (or 65 kilograms) substituted sitting for standing for 6 hours a day, they’d burn 53 calories higher than a sedentary person.
In the course of a single year it is possible to lose 5.5 kilograms (or 2.5 kg) in addition to 22,5 pounds (or 10 kilograms) over four years.
“Standing for long periods of time for many adults may seem unmanageable, especially those who have desk jobs, but, for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits,” Dr. Lopez-Jimenez declares.
“The idea is to work into our daily routines some lower-impact activities that can improve our long-term health,” Dr. Lopez-Jimenez explains, adding that their research supports the idea that there is “Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis” (NEAT).
NEAT is a model developed by Mayo Clinic obesity researchers that is based on daily non-exercise activities which can assist people shed weight.
The findings from the new study are significant in the context the fact that Americans are seated for an average of thirteen hours every day, on average. If you also add 8 hours of rest each at night, that’s 21 hours of inactivity per 24 hours.