You may be surprised at the number of calories burned while youre sitting. The number may not be as low as you think, but does depend on a couple of factors. On average, a person sitting for one hour can burn as many as 50 calories.
This number may vary slightly higher or lower depending on your level of fitness and how overweight you are. The more fit you are, the more calories you typically burn while at rest. This is primarily true because a fit person usually has a higher metabolic rate than someone who is overweight.
If you are trying to burn more calories and have a sedentary job where you sit most of the day, there are a few things you can do to increase the number of calories burned.
First of all, try fidgeting a little. This means that by tapping your foot, bouncing your leg up and down or moving your arms may cause you to burn more calories than if you simply sit immobile for long periods of time. Studies show that people who fidget at their desk throughout the day are more likely to burn calories at a higher rate than those who dont.
Getting up and walking around your desk during the day can also help increase the calories burned while youre sitting for long periods of time.
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