posted on Nov, 28 2007 @ 02:48 PM
There have been a bunch of threads about this but don't knock it.
I've tried standing up at my PC instead of sitting and after about 20 minutes I actually had a very light sweat going. Though I used some boxes and
things to make it kind of ergonomic, I think I was still having to use more energy than if you had a perfectly constructed desk and keyboard. However,
be that as it may, it must have easily been about 100 calories per hour. Multiply that by an 8 hour day and you've got as many calories expended as a
90 minute bike ride at 15-17 mph.
From my calculator:
"Standing, writing, answering phone, moving things around 113 cal/hr"
Of course if you subtract sitting, writing, then it's only about half that. Casual movement where your breathing is at rest, though is different than
standing and developing a light sweat.
So, factoring it in parsimoniously:
60 cals/hr x 7 hrs is 420 cals/day x 5 days a week = 2040 cals/week = ~1lb lost every 1.5-2.0 work weeks. If you continue using a standing station at
home, it will be 800 calories more for Sat and Sun.
(1lb of fat=3500 calories).
Obviously this is extremely optimistic, so we'll cut that in half and say 'weight gain would be slowed by approximately one pound every three weeks
if you stood up to do your desk work versus sitting down'. Even conservatively that's about 14lbs/year.
It's certainly enough to counter the 5-10lbs/year weight gain you get just because you've hit middle age.