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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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5/24/13 7:42 P

Takes more muscle to stay upright than it does to sit for extended periods of time......I was luck as I ran construction sites as the Construction Project Manager and was always moving....

MALIGAL19 SparkPoints: (3,963)
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5/24/13 12:19 P

well, there are actually quite a few articles out there about how you should not stand too much. They say that even if you exercise vigorously later in the day, it does not make up for the amount of time spent sitting. Both SparkPeople radio and Fat2Fit Radio talk about this... there are such things as walking desks where the desk is raised up to be comfortable to stand at, and instead of standing on the floor, you stand on a treadmill. Also, some people choose to sit on a stability ball instead of a chair because having to balance on it add extra calories worked

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,128
5/24/13 12:11 P

one way to help with a sitting job is to use a balance ball as a chair. may not help much, but at this point, I will take any help I can get.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
5/24/13 12:01 P

My fastest weight gain happened when I switched from classroom teaching to a publishing desk job. I was always overweight, but when I started sitting at a desk, I shot up to "obese" even though I was actually eating better. Now I'm working from home, and I've gained three pounds in a month in spite of being extremely careful about what I eat. Thanks for this post; it's reminding me that I need to figure out how to set up a standing work area.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (247,914)
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5/24/13 10:58 A

I've been focused on standing more. Standing when I talk on the phone or process the mail. Standing to greet clients when they walk in. Moving my water thermos from under my desk to the room across the hall.

my boss is skinny as he can be. And he eats way too much fast food (lunches only; breakfast & dinners are at home with family). But he NEVER sits still. He fidgets all the time. He also does tons of stuff around the house and in the yard. Before his back and neck caused him too much pain, he was a runner. I know part of his physique is a fortunate metabolism, but I also know that being very active and not eating between meals helps keep him slim and trim.

AMARANTHA120S Posts: 474
5/24/13 10:56 A

When one considers that (I have read and been told) the largest calorie expenditure one had daily is the one that is used just doing nothing but living, it makes sense that the NEAT activities like standing, RLS, etc., would account for the next chunk of burn, with actual intentional exercise (which in my opinion people always overestimate as far as calorie burn anyway) is a very small part of it all.

SWIMMERMOM55 Posts: 101
5/24/13 9:57 A

I read a similar article and began incorporating NEAT activity into my day in 10 minute intervals. Plus I moved my laptop to the kitchen counter so I am always standing when I use it at home. Occasionally I'll do squats or stretches while I'm standing. My legs are much stronger, as is my balance, as a result of this. I'm looking for other ways to incorporate this kind of activity into my day in creative ways. Actually, today's Spark Coach challenge is to find 30-60 minutes of NEAT. Anything to keep the metabolism hopping!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/25/13 6:10 A

I have had my bodymedia for 7 months now and I noticed exactly what you did. Yet I know tha tmy body is burning calories more efficiently even with off days on the workout schedule....more lean muscle will continue to burn calories whether working out or not....all about making your body burn more efficiently

WILSON1926 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/25/13 5:50 A

interesting concept..........

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/25/13 5:06 A

sounds plausible. I figet a lot but still eat too much so it evens out.

23KAIYA Posts: 4,935
1/25/13 3:53 A

I agree, very interesting! It's definitely motivation to be more active at work and day to day, instead of sitting in front of the computer. Thank you for posting! Having the numbers helps a lot.

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1/25/13 2:53 A

That's very interesting. It makes perfect sense really. One of my good friends has restless leg syndrome and I've always wondered how many extra calories he burns bouncing his legs all day.

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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1/25/13 2:14 A

Since I've gotten my bodymedia, I've noticed I burn a LOT more calories on days where I am in lab and standing for a few hours at a time.

I take the numbers with a grain of salt, obviously, because nothing is 100% accurate, but when the burn goes from 2050 on lecture days to 2350 on lab days (when I come home and sleep after!) I can tell something is up.

I've been looking into it, and I found a really good article on NEAT- non-exercise activity thermogenesis, a fancy way of saying "the calories you burn doing everything you wouldn't assume to be exercise." Like fidgeting, shivering, and even standing. One study found that the major difference between a group of normal weight and a group of overweight individuals was in the NEAT. They ate about the same (wow, right?), had similar exercise behaviors, but those with normal weight chose to stand over sit more often and fidgeting instead of staying still! It's not substitute for exercise when it comes to health benefits, but it can help manage weight- and productivity at work! The calories might not seem like a lot right away, but it can compound... even 50 extra calories (that may be about half an hour for you) a day adds to 350 a week... or an extra 5 lbs in a year. Now imagine standing at your work desk for only 1/4 of the time, or 2 hrs... that's what, 25 lbs in a year? That's an extra two pounds in a month... Which is definitely helpful, I think.

What do you guys think?

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