Sit-stand desks 'can have tangible weight management benefits'

31 August 2016

Weight management efforts could be enhanced by the use of work desks that allow the user to alternate between sitting and standing.

This is according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education, which indicates that the use of a height-adjustable sit-stand workstation, when combined with other low-intensity activities, can be an effective means of maintaining weight for most people.

By standing for 30 minutes, users are able to burn 5.5 more calories than they would have by sitting for an entire hour, while standing for the full hour burned an extra 8.2 calories.

Switching evenly between sitting and standing over the course of an eight-hour day, meanwhile, was shown to result in an energy expenditure of as much as 56.9 calories for men and 48.3 calories for women.

All participants in the study had worked sedentary office jobs with an average daily sitting time of 8.8 hours, showing that this could be an important health intervention for these people.

Bethany Barone Gibbs, the study's lead researcher and an assistant professor of health and physical activity at Pitt's School of Education, said: "Our findings add to a growing field of research that shows the benefits of sit-stand desks, including increases in productivity and energy, and lower pain, blood sugar, and potentially blood pressure."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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