Standing is really good for you, and doing it just a couple of hours a day can dramatically improve your overall health, yet another study confirms.
If you sit at a desk job all day, or just like sitting, you have probably heard that it is not good for you, but a new study is telling us that standing, even without overexertion, can be very good for your health. Making simple changes, such as standing for a longer period, can have incredible benefits, researchers say.
The study, published in the European Heart Journal, indicates that replacing some of your sitting time with standing can improve sugar, fat, and cholesterol levels in the blood. Researchers observed 800 men and women in Australia and discovered that standing and better health are clearly linked.
“An extra two hours per day spent standing rather than sitting was associated with about two percent lower average fasting blood sugar levels and 11 percent lower average triglycerides (fats in the blood).”
Additionally, the study also says that more standing is really good for your “good” cholesterol or HDL, and doing more of it helps your body increase it. Replacing sitting with what researchers call “stepping time” is even better. This means actual physical activity.
It has been well documented that sitting only increases a sedentary person’s waistline, and this study confirms those earlier findings. Adding an activity, instead of two hours of sitting, can result in lower blood fat and sugar scores, as well as an 11 percent lower average Body Mass Index, and a three-inch smaller average waist circumference, the study shows.
If this isn’t enough to convince you that standing is really good for your health, then here is what scientists who conducted this new study added.
“These findings provide important preliminary evidence on the potential benefits of standing for cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers.
“This has important public health implications given that standing is a common behavior.”
The study addressed how employers can help their employees be more healthy by adding standing desks to promote less sitting time at the office. Researchers say Europeans are highly sedentary, with adults admitting to sitting 3.2 to 6.8 hours per day in Europe. About 55 to 69-percent of adult waking hours are sedentary.
Let’s face it, most of us love to come home after a hard day at work — sitting — and sit some more in the car, while watching television, and at the dinner table. Previous studies have already concluded that standing can be really good for your health and reduce the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and possibly even prevent an early death.
Are you convinced that standing is really good for your health?
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