The act of standing may have similar benefits as walking – standing improves posture and circulation, increases metabolism, and gently tones muscles in the core and legs while burning calories. There has also been a lot of discussion on the negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle. Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time may be detrimental to our metabolism and cardiovascular health.
There is no need to stand all day long, however. It is possible to find a happy medium that will discourage inactivity while benefiting your health.
Here are four ways to add more standing into your daily routine without overdoing it.
Standing while talking. Many people will pace or walk around while on the phone, which is a great way to get some physical activity. If you are still in the workforce, instead of an email or phone call, walk over to a colleague for a face-to-face conversation.
Standing during your commute. If you use public transportation, you may end up having to stand if the train or bus is crowded. Even if there are seats available, choose to stand. If you happen to live close enough to work, walk or ride a bike when the weather permits.
Standing while watching TV. There are many activities you can do while watching TV that include standing. Ironing is a great choice. That keeps the upper body in motion also. You could also do some small exercises during commercials. High-knee lifts, some squats, calf raises, or mini-jumping jacks are all excellent choices to get your heart rate up, and engage your muscles.
Standing and sitting while at work. At home or at the office, investing in a standing/sitting desk will allow you to both stand up and sit down while getting your work done.
Whether you are sitting or standing, LifeFone recommends you wear your medical alert device at all times especially if you live alone.
When is a good time to start this? Today. Remembering to stand throughout the day will prevent you from falling into the trap of a sedentary lifestyle. It can help improve your physical condition as well. Of course, you don’t need to avoid sitting altogether, but when you can, standing is good for you!