Replacing Sitting with Standing Reduces Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Brett Berner
4 min readDec 6, 2021

Sitting a lot is wrong for your health — very bad.

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People who sit too much have a high risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early death (1, 2).

What’s more, when you sit all the time, you burn very few calories, and several studies have associated too much sitting with weight gain and obesity (3, 4).

Of course, this is a massive problem for those doing office work, because they spend most of their day at their desks. However, the good news is that standing desks are becoming more popular.

In this article, we will look at why sitting can have impressive benefits for health. It may boost productivity as well.

1. Standing reduces your risk of obesity and weight gain

Weight gain is caused by taking excess calories, much more than you burn.

On the other hand, you lose weight when you burn more calories than you take in.

Although exercise is one of the best ways to burn calories fast, replacing sitting with standing can be beneficial.

Compared to sedentary work, studies have shown that spending an equal amount of time burns 170 calories (5). That’s an extra 1000 calories burned weekly from simply standing each afternoon. This caloric difference explains why prolonged sitting is strongly linked to overweight and obesity (1, 6).

2. Using a standing desk at work lowers blood sugar levels

Here’s the thing — high blood sugar, especially after meals, is terrible for your health. This is true especially for those with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance.

In a study involving ten office workers, researchers found that standing for 180 minutes after lunch caused a 43% reduction in blood sugar spikes compared to sitting for the same duration (5).

Both groups took a similar number of steps, indicating that the smaller spike was due to standing rather than different movements around the workplace.

A second study involving 23 office workers found that alternating between sitting and standing per 30 minutes…



Dr. Brett Berner

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