But it all boils down: standing or sitting for six hours a day would help a 143-pound person burn 54 extra calories a day. Add it over the course of a year, which equates to 5.5 pounds of fat, say the researchers.
It's actually not bad.
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(Men burn 0.19 calories per minute standing at instead of sitting, probably because they are usually larger creatures with more muscle mass.)
Standing does not seem to be a problem, but as the authors point out that your body is recruiting more than muscles to keep you straight, so it makes sense that they need more energy to do it.
In addition, previous studies have shown that the standing position burns about nine extra calories per hour. (That's about the same as this study.)
That said, the researchers cautioned that you should not rely on yourself to lose weight: "If such a small difference in [energy expenditure] is will really translate into long term long term weight, you can just eat more to compensate, for example, and so the difference may be negligible.
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Now most people know that sitting in front of your computer all day is basically "the new cancer". It slows down your blood circulation, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes (and yes, it's still bad, even if you start spinning earlier that day.) But research has shown that standing can help counter this, by lowering blood sugar, triglycerides, and blood pressure.