Don't Have a Seat

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Friday, November 16 2007 Nov 16, 2007 Friday, November 16, 2007 4:41:14 PM CST November 16, 2007 in News

Researchers at the University of Missouri are introducing a new, alternative way to burn calories.

Along with the traditional means of working out and exercising, medical experts are encouraging people to stand up during their everyday activities.

Next time you go to the gym, you may not have to be there as long as you think.

Research shows that you can be very effective in improving your health by simply standing up.

Medical experts are not telling people not to exercise, but utilize all their time throughout the day.

"With what we're talking about, we're not asking anyone to add extra time into their day, but what we're suggesting is that if you change the quality of the time for instance," said MU researcher Marc Hamilton. "I can watch my son's ball game or watch my daughter's barrel race and I can have just as much enjoyment standing while doing that next to a friend who might unfold their aluminum lawn chair to watch the same event."

On days when you may not have time to squeeze in an extra hour at the gym, you now have an additional option to improve your health. By making a simple modification to everyday activities, it's now possible to limit your sitting, improve cholesterol scores, and reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Simply standing up while typing, talking on the phone or other common activities can double your metabolic rate.

Fitness experts say that only 28% of Americans are getting the minimal amount of recommended exercise.

Researchers encourage people to think of new ways to constantly be in motion and keeping your muscles active.

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