7 Ways To Burn Calories By Standing More

Learn how to burn calories by standing more.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #053

4. Watch TV While You’re Standing or Exercising

Let’s face it – we all have those TV episodes we just can’t miss. For me, it’s “Modern Family” and “The Office”. But in most cases, I simply watch them on my phone while I’m pedaling an indoors bicycle or jogging on a treadmill. You can even set up a TV in your home gym.

5. Stand When You’re Traveling

When I’m on an airplane, I’ll often read, listen to music, and watch programs on my phone while standing in the back. While you certainly don’t want to get banned from air travel by ignoring the seat belt signs, there are plenty of standing opportunities on longer flights.  Similarly, while on road trips, stop every 1-2 hours to do jumping jacks, body weight squats, or a quick series of stretches.

6. Stand When You’re Snacking

You’re prone to eat less and metabolize calories more quickly when you eat in the standing position. While a turkey dinner may be more comfortable while seated, there’s no reason not to eat a sandwich or munch down on trail mix in a standing position. 

7. Stand While Talking On The Phone

Often, you’ll see that the first thing people do when they answer a phone is to find the nearest chair. Instead, when you talk on the phone, try to stand up, pace the room, or even stretch. A handsfree headset might make this even easier, plus if you’re on a cell phone, you’ll avoid all those potentially cancer-causing radio waves.

Perhaps you’re seeing the same pattern I’m seeing here. Much of the time, we sit because we are socially expected to sit, and not because it’s necessary for the activity in which we’re engaging. From now on, think about times when you would normally sit even though sitting isn’t necessary, and simply stand instead!

If you've found creative ways to stand, please share them below in Comments and on the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page!

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.

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