'Standing up' can tackle obesity

10 January 2013

It is true for many people up and down the country that everyday working life is defined by sitting behind the desk and this could be one of the reasons why so many people are overweight and obese.

New research suggests that people should attempt to get away from this sedentary way of work and stand up for at least three hours a day to fight the battle against the bulge.

John Buckley, an exercise scientist from Chester University, explained that when a person is standing, the body will benefit from improved circulation. He added that in general, this is a good philosophy.

"People are sitting down at work, then sitting in the car and then sitting down in front of the television," expanded Dr Buckley. "Your metabolic rate crashes to an absolute minimum. It isn't natural. Humans are designed to stand up and keep moving."

It would take a serious cultural shift in the workplace for this to happen though, because desks would need to be adjustable so that in one instance a person could be sitting and then standing.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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