Reductions in N.E.A.T (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) have contributed to the overall weight gain in today's society. The increase in people being sedentary in combination with poor diets has led to unwanted rising numbers in weight gain and obesity (1). 

Compared to previous generations where jobs were more laborious, modern jobs now being more technology based have become physically less demanding and commonly seated. Due to how much of our time we dedicate to our work, what we do in our work has always had a huge influence on our weight management. 

If your work involves a lot of sitting then it's harder to counteract the lack of activity due to the amount of sitting that takes place. The time left surrounding your work hours is precious and often filled with responsibilities first and hobbies second. 

Additionally, time spent outside of work for a lot of individuals often includes sedentary activities as well which accumulates the number of hours sitting per day often into double figures. 

Having hobbies is great, especially ones that involve exercise is a huge plus regarding your health and weight management. But if exercise is limited outside of work then one simple trick can help burn the extra calories you want and also help with posture. 

Standing at your desk can have the potential to burn around 700 calories more than being seated (2). The cumulative change such as over 4 weeks could be as many as 14,000 calories extra burnt which would be a big change in lifestyle and effect on your energy balance. 


If you were to burn 700 calories extra per day through exercise it would look something like this:

  • 75 minutes of jogging 
  • 87 minutes of weight lifting
  • 67 minutes of a gym conditioning class

If you were presented with any of the 3 above examples and were asked to perform every day, it would be too much of an ask for many of us for many reasons. Making simple time saving changes could be an effective way to change your lifestyle. 


  1. Shields M, Tremblay MS. Sedentary behaviour and obesity. Health Rep. 2008 Jun;19(2):19-30. PMID: 18642516.
  2. von Loeffelholz C, Birkenfeld A. The Role of Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis in Human Obesity. [Updated 2018 Apr 9]. In: Feingold KR, Anawalt B, Boyce A, et al., editors. Endotext [Internet]. South Dartmouth (MA):, Inc.; 2000-. Available from: