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Does standing burn calories?


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I am curious if standing for extended periods of time actually burns more calories than sitting. I see that CC has several standing options that you can log... but I wasn't sure if that is automatically calculated into my daily burn by CC? I am curious because I have a job that requires me to stand in generally the same spot for a few hours in a row, but I am sceptical that simply standing around would do much.

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standing does burn more calories because you use more muscles to support you body while standing.  However, I would consider what you are doing while you are standing.  Are you moving around and lifting things or just standing?  If its just plain old standing around I wouldn't count it in my activities for the day.  Not counting it in your activities would give you a little caloric buffer for your diet.  The only time I started to count standing into my daily caloric burn is when I began my job as a machinist and busted my butt for 8-12 hours a day on my feet.

Yeah, I pretty much don't do anything while I'm standing. I work in a really tiny gift shop with very little room to move around. Behind the desk (where I stand) is worse - I pretty much can only spin around in my spot. I guess I'd describe it inactive standing.

Yeah you are probably burning some extra calories.  I would just consider it a bonus but don't adjust your diet for it.  Good luck.

How many calories do you think, roughly? For a few hours... around 100 calories, or closer to like 20?

If you hold yourself upright for long enough, yes it burns calories... not as many as actively exercising, but it can add up. If you really want to know how many, try logging it and see if it makes any noticeable difference to your burn for the day - if it's just a very small number of extra calories it's probably not worth the bother.

Hmmm, so I tried calculating how many calories I burned using the various forms of light standing that CC has under activities... and it comes out to somewhere around 600-800 calories??? I worked for quite a while today, but would I REALLY burn this many calories by just standing? I have a hard time believing that. Plus, if this is true, I'll have a whopping 1,000 calorie defecit for today, which obviously is bad. Should I count the calories...?

Anyone...?

Or they could try using the tools at the website they're already on.  Just saying...

Light standing???? Do people actually log this as an activity???

I just wet myself laughing.  I just did a couple of hours of donkey kicks, press ups, crunches, leg raises etc etc and was curious what that burned... and came across this...

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-burned -grooming-a364

Grooming...  who would log "calories burned from grooming" (including urinating!!).  I mean this is insane?  How lazy are people if they consider washing your face is exercising???

Original Post by backinthenines:

Light standing???? Do people actually log this as an activity???

I just wet myself laughing.  I just did a couple of hours of donkey kicks, press ups, crunches, leg raises etc etc and was curious what that burned... and came across this...

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-burned -grooming-a364

Grooming...  who would log "calories burned from grooming" (including urinating!!).  I mean this is insane?  How lazy are people if they consider washing your face is exercising???

The capacity of the average person for self-BS is almost limitless.

Original Post by azdak:

Original Post by backinthenines:

Light standing???? Do people actually log this as an activity???

I just wet myself laughing.  I just did a couple of hours of donkey kicks, press ups, crunches, leg raises etc etc and was curious what that burned... and came across this...

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-burned -grooming-a364

Grooming...  who would log "calories burned from grooming" (including urinating!!).  I mean this is insane?  How lazy are people if they consider washing your face is exercising???

The capacity of the average person for self-BS is almost limitless.

 LOL yes seems like it!!

"I'll sit in the bath for an hour... oooh that's 136 calories burned..."

classic!! LaughingYell

My job consists of lots of physical work along with standing during my eight hour shifts. I calculated everything I did today and the "light standing" burned the most calories. 644 to be exact. So I wouldn't laugh about it.

Don't even bother logging it.

Seriously.

 

The energy expenditure is so minimal that including it only deludes yourself into thinking that you can have more food than you should.  Every silly activity has a rating here -- doesn't mean that you must use them.

A little bit of common sense should temper what you log.

 

Original Post by jlynnclay:

My job consists of lots of physical work along with standing during my eight hour shifts. I calculated everything I did today and the "light standing" burned the most calories. 644 to be exact. So I wouldn't laugh about it.

I'm sorry, but 80 calories an hour?  If THAT burned the most, then what other physical work does this job actually consist of?

Allegedly, "Walking - 2.0 Mph, Level, Slow Pace, Firm Surface" burns 170 cals/hour.

People have a fundamental misunderstanding of what logging an activity does here on CC. Basically you burn calories at a set rate even if you are inactive (sitting in a chair, napping). If you are standing vs. being inactive, of course you will burn more calories. By logging the activity, you are not adding together your inactive burn and the logged activity; the logged activity REPLACES what CC would have estimated based on your pre-selected activity level.

I've found the way to go is select "sedentary" for your activity level and then record everything you do within reason. For me, I wouldn't enter '15 minutes of standing' after a frustrating trip to the bank. I do, however, enter much more walking on days where I am most active, since my typical work day involves sitting in a office. I also enter things like mowing the lawn, or cleaning my house.

Basically, you will certainly burn more calories in an 8 hour day if you spend all your time on your feet. The body needs to use energy to maintain that position, especially your legs and core muscles. I've worked a lot of jobs in my life, some requiring standing up for long periods and some not, and I can say that when you move to needed to be on your feet for extended periods of time, you FEEL IT at first.

Don't let those belittling your question get to you. If you use the tools here on CC correctly, you can and will get a very accurate accounting of what you've burned.

All this strikes me as silly and self deluding.  You know  ...  I breathed for 24 hours yesterday  ...  should I write down the calories I burned? 

Original Post by dakotad555:

Don't let those belittling your question get to you. If you use the tools here on CC correctly, you can and will get a very accurate accounting of what you've burned.

Highlighted a key point of your statement.  There's a difference between "belittling," as you interpret it, and a cold dose of reality.  One may interpret either in different ways, but the point is that I'm sure you've experienced many posters trying to massage the numbers to inflate or deflate the results that they see on screen.

I'm sure you've also experienced many people who troll the forums, seeking out the answers they want to hear, and ignore the ones they don't, repeatedly asking either the same question in different forums, or rephrasing the same question in the hopes of hearing something better.

Whether it's finding ways to burn more calories without working hard, or latching onto fad diets that promise top results with minimal effort, it's much easier to get hooked on those "lose weight fast without dieting or exercise!!!!" schemes.  And those schemes can be products, promises, methods, fake foods, pills, potions, lotions, syrups, or -- the biggest enemy -- excuses.

There is a discernible pattern when questions like "should I log grocery shopping?" are asked.  There is a bigger picture that has to be revealed, and given that we all interact by mere text, sometimes cutting through the BS hurts but will ultimately yield a clearer and more accurate picture of what's really going on.

Original Post by crimson667:

Original Post by dakotad555:

Don't let those belittling your question get to you. If you use the tools here on CC correctly, you can and will get a very accurate accounting of what you've burned.

 

I'm sure you've also experienced many people who troll the forums, seeking out the answers they want to hear, and ignore the ones they don't, repeatedly asking either the same question in different forums, or rephrasing the same question in the hopes of hearing something better.

Of course I have. I don't think the OP is one of them. Look at her question:

"I am curious if standing for extended periods of time actually burns more calories than sitting. I see that CC has several standing options that you can log... but I wasn't sure if that is automatically calculated into my daily burn by CC? I am curious because I have a job that requires me to stand in generally the same spot for a few hours in a row, but I am sceptical (sp) that simply standing around would do much."

She's looking for clarity. I think her questions was totally reasonable. None of her previous posts are remotely whiny or disengaged from reality. Maybe some of the responders are a bit off, but the OP's question was legit IMHO.

Original Post by dakotad555:

People have a fundamental misunderstanding of what logging an activity does here on CC. Basically you burn calories at a set rate even if you are inactive (sitting in a chair, napping). If you are standing vs. being inactive, of course you will burn more calories. By logging the activity, you are not adding together your inactive burn and the logged activity; the logged activity REPLACES what CC would have estimated based on your pre-selected activity level.

I've found the way to go is select "sedentary" for your activity level and then record everything you do within reason. For me, I wouldn't enter '15 minutes of standing' after a frustrating trip to the bank. I do, however, enter much more walking on days where I am most active, since my typical work day involves sitting in a office. I also enter things like mowing the lawn, or cleaning my house.

Basically, you will certainly burn more calories in an 8 hour day if you spend all your time on your feet. The body needs to use energy to maintain that position, especially your legs and core muscles. I've worked a lot of jobs in my life, some requiring standing up for long periods and some not, and I can say that when you move to needed to be on your feet for extended periods of time, you FEEL IT at first.

Don't let those belittling your question get to you. If you use the tools here on CC correctly, you can and will get a very accurate accounting of what you've burned.

The fact that you "FEEL IT" is meaningless as a measure of effort. Equating all muscle fatigue with increased caloric expenditure is a common mistake.

 

The calorie count tools here are far from perfect. They give you a rough idea of where to go, but yeah.. If you feel like you're much more active standing there, eat another 100-200 cals per day and see what happens after a few weeks. From my experience, I know that it's better to over eat a little bit and see what happens then it is to under eat and kill your metabolism.

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