Are standing desks actually worth it? Unfortunately, a standing desk won’t help you lose weight
In a perfect world, standing at your desk most of the day instead of sitting would result in some extra calorie burn. The reality, however, is that standing burns only slightly more calories per hour than sitting — about 88 calories per hour vs.
How long should you stand at a standing desk? Many ergonomic experts recommend standing about 5-15 minutes out of every hour when using a standing desk, although research is ongoing. One study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends that it’s ideal to move, stand, and take breaks from sitting for a total of at least 2 hours in an 8 hour work day.
Can you lose weight with a standing desk? According to research appearing in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, standing only burns another 2 or 3 calories than sitting over the course of 15 minutes, “not a very significant increase,” points out study lead author Seth Creasy.
Is standing at your desk better than sitting? Sitting behind your desk all day is bad for your health and experts have long been advising people to stand at their workstations for about 15 minutes an hour. But a University of Waterloo professor says his research shows that people should be standing for at least 30 minutes per hour to get health benefits.