You can lose weight just by getting out of that chair.
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Taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking your car farther from the entrance are common tips for adding more movement to your daily routine. You can add one more thing to the list–standing up. New research has shown that standing up, literally, seems to be a potentially big factor in weight management. And it's not just people who sit too much are not as active and therefore less able to keep their weight under control. Research done with both rats and human subjects has shown that when we sit, the enzymes that are responsible for burning fat simply shut down.

You use your arms while sitting at a computer or playing video games, but our arms don't weigh that much. The big muscles that are so important to burning fat are in our legs and back. So try standing when reading the newspaper or sipping your morning coffee. If you work at a computer, take a break to stand up on a regular basis. The only time to be sitting is when you eat so that you fully enjoy your food and allow your stomach and brain to communicate fullness to each other. Otherwise, pay attention to the research and stand up and take notice.

Tammy Beasley, RD, CSSD, CEDRD is a registered, licensed dietitian, spinning instructor, and certified specialist in sports nutrition and eating disorders. She is the author of Rev It Up-The Lifestyle Diet That Puts You In The Driver's Seat.