How Many Calories Do You Burn Sitting Down?

Ever wonder how many calories you burn while sitting down, especially if you sit eight hours a day on the job? Sitting doesn’t burn as many calories as standing, or walking, but your body does require energy to be able to sit and work.  Sitting at a desk and working does burn a small number of calories per hour, but depends on a wide variety of factors.

Your age, sex, fitness level and weight are major factors that determine how many calories you burn while sitting.  If you are overweight, you are less likely to burn a large number of calories because your resting heart rate is different than that of the  person who is more fit and sitting.  The more muscle tone you have the more calories you will burn, because muscle typically burns more calories than fat.

On average, the typical person burns anywhere between 20-50 calories every thirty minutes while sitting. In order to burn more calories, it is recommended that you get up out of the chair and stand for a short time.  Even walking or pacing can burn more calories and if you are trying to lose weight while living a sedentary lifestyle, any little modification or trick can help. Standing for ten minutes a day can help you to burn 50 more calories in a day than you would normally burn sitting.

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