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. Â 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. Â 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 Â person who is more fit and sitting. Â 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. Â 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.