Calories Burned Standing

Compare the calories burned standing to a variety of other activities at the calories burned chart.

Calories burned standing, the laziest kind of calorie burning exercise. Standing isn’t nothing though, it certainly takes more effort than sitting, for example, or laying down, which is probably the laziest thing you can do, and burns practically no calories at all.

Standing really does take some effort though, and there are some calories burned standing. There are actually a fair number of office workers and others who sit for long hours every day who opt to stand instead, for several reasons, including burning calories and the weight loss that results. If you’ve ever tried standing for an eight hour stretch you know just how difficult a full day of standing can be, and how many potential calories you are burning.

So if you really want to burn every possible calorie to help lose weight and reduce your waist line, then you should absolutely try to stand when you could be sitting or laying down.

Calories Burned – Standing

These calculations for calories burned standing assume that you are moving around a bit and not just standing in one place.

All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 165 calories burned standing per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 197 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 229 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 261 calories burned per hour

So the amount of calories burned standing isn’t all that impressive, but it’s better than nothing, and can add up if you manage to stand for long periods of time, such as a full day at the office.

You can probably also see that heavier tend to burn more calories from standing, which makes sense, because it takes more effort to keep more weight upright. So if you really want to up the amount of calories burned standing you can invest in a weight vest or even just a backpack with something heavy in it. Taking up a more physically demanding activity, however, will burn significantly more calories than the slight difference a weight vest would make.

To see even more calorie burning activities check out the calories burned chart.