ARTICLE: How Many Calories We Burn When We Sit, Stand or Walk


For time:
21 Power Cleans, 135/95 lbs
21 Ring Dips
1 Run, 400 m
15 Power Cleans, 135/95 lbs
15 Ring Dips
1 Run, 400 m
9 Power Cleans, 135/95 lbs
9 Ring Dips
1 Run, 400 m

For time:
Rx: 21-15-9 Power Cleans, 135/95
Ring Dips
400m Run

Competition: 21-15-9 Power Cleans, 115/75
Ring Dips (Red Band)
400m Run

Performance: 21-15-9 Power Cleans, 95/65
Bar Dips (Any Band)
400m Run

Fitness: 21-15-9 Power Cleans, 65/45
Box Dips
200m Run


There are many compelling reasons to get up out of your desk chair and stand more at work. But weight control is probably not one of them, according to a new study that precisely measured how many calories people burn during everyday office activities.

The new study’s results suggest that engaging frequently in one type of activity while at work may help many of us avoid weight gain. But that activity is not standing up.

Most of us sit more than we should, and a majority of our sitting time occurs at work, since many modern professions are sedentary. Many of us spend six or seven hours tied to our desks each day.

These long, uninterrupted periods of physical lethargy have been linked with increased risks for diabetes, heart disease, premature mortality and, not least, weight gain.

In response, many people, including me, have begun to look for ways to break up our sitting time. We download smartphone apps that chirp and tell us to stand up several times every hour. Health-minded supervisors organize walking meetings, in which employees discuss business while hoofing along hallways. And standing desks have become so popular that the satirical website The Onion has poked fun at users, declaring “Standing at Work Can Increase Coworkers’ Disdain Up to 70 Percent.”

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