Bulking up your fat by sticking to your office chair, but don't know what to do about the rising weight? Well, then why don't you try standing up and 'pottering' about the office, for a new research has suggested that the method is a very good way for burning fat.
The study, led by Prof Marc Hamilton, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has discovered radical differences in the way the body's metabolism behaved when people were standing, compared with sitting, with fat more likely to be burnt than stored.
AdvertisementThe researchers said that an enzyme that helps the body break down fat is also suppressed, close to the point of shutting down, after a day without movement.
They added that many of the changes in the body between total inactivity and "pottering about" were more extreme than those between pottering and more vigorous exercise, reports the Telegraph.
The team explained that when people were seated, as opposed to standing, fat was more likely to be stored as adipose tissue than passed to the muscles, where it could be burnt.
Hamilton said that he was convinced of the benefits of standing.
He said that when sitting one remained still whereas "if you stand up, you are much more likely to end up pacing or pottering around, and that seems to make a crucial difference".