Research Says: Think Better and Burn More Calories on Your Feet


I like using a standing desk at the office because I know I can burn three times more calories standing compared to sitting. Finding additional ways to become more active during the day is important for additional energy expenditure. Adding a standing station at work, for example, in order to stand a few more hours over the course of each week, will help offset some of that inactivity that you may be experiencing. It’s great to exercise for 30-60 minutes a day but the real key is your activity level during the remaining 16 hours of the day (let’s assume 8 hours for sleep). A new study recently published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed just two extra minutes of walking each hour could offset the hazards of sitting too much.

“a 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.”

Any teacher, like my wife, will tell you that any additional time that you can get students to stay focused would be more than welcome. Let’s try to emulate the young students on this one and find additional ways to stand more while at work, move a little more each hour and throughout the day.


  • Beddhu S. et al., (2015). Light-intensity physical activity and mortality in the U.S. general population and ckd subpopulation. CJASN DOI: 10.2215/%u200BCJN.08410814 
  • Marianela Dornhecker, Jamilia J. Blake, Mark Benden, Hongwei Zhao, Monica Wendel (2015). The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 1 DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2015.1029641
  • Texas A&M University. “We think better on our feet, literally.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 April 2015.


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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer

Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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