Britons are leading lazier lives than ever before, with many of the population spending their working day sedentary in an office, with very little sign of movement.
Physical activity is low in the UK, with only 66 per cent of men and 56 per cent of women meeting the recommended daily levels set by the government, according to UK fitness-focused charity, Sustrans.
Changeable weather and growing workloads can all cause Britons to stay bound to their desks, but a simple method has been revealed to turn your work station into a fat-burning machine.
By switching your traditional desk to a standing desk, the potential for calorie-burning dramatically increases, with a standing desk burning an impressive 50 calories extra an hour.
If used for seven hours, this can mount up to an impressive 1750 calories burnt a week, equal to three sweaty gym sessions and losing half a pound of body fat.
Even using a standing desk for a more achievable four hours a day will add up to 1000 additional calories burnt per week. This amounts to a staggering 52,000 per year, around 15 pounds of fat lost.
But it’s not just weight loss that switching to a standing desk promises, standing desks are said to lower your blood pressure, increase your blood flow and reduce cardiovascular disease, all contributing to a boost in wellbeing.
They are also known to reduce lower back pain and improve posture, ailments that can both occur when sitting at a desk incorrectly for long periods of time.
One of these desks promising more than just a space to work is the Varidesk Pro Plus 36. The desk promises help you “run a marathon at your desk”, or even a few for the more dedicated.
By simply changing your working position from seating to standing, the Varidesk reveals the calories burnt while standing are the equivalent of a jaw-dropping 18.71 marathons, all achieved from behind your desk.
While standing might not seem an appealing option for many working Britons, other steps can be taken while at your desk to burn additional calories and speed up weight loss, improving overall health and fitness.
Use your chair as a tool to activate and strengthen your abs, by squeezing them in tight and pulling them back against your spine as you breathe out.
Sitting at your desk is the perfect opportunity to work on these muscles and improve posture, with another technique for tightening being keeping your back straight and holding your stomach and core in for 10 seconds, and repeating for 10 reps at least three times in one go.
Paying attention to your middle area may also prevent you from overeating at your desk, with more focus on weight loss and fitness goals throughout the working day.
Another body section that can be targeted for fat burning from the comfort of your desk are the thighs.
Stubborn fat around the thighs is one of the hardest to shift, but this simple desk exercise can burn calories and see thigh fat melt away.
Making sure to be wary of wires and colleagues, place both feet firmly on the floor with your back straight. Lift your right leg until its level with your hip and slowly lower. You’ll feel the burn when relating this exercise 10-15 times, making sure to switch legs.
With legs and tums out the way, bums can also be worked during the office day. When sitting at your desk, tense up your glutes and hold for 10 second, doing reps of 10 at a time.
Along with using a standing desk and performing simple, isolated exercises, other steps can be taken to ensure being desk-bound doesn’t impede your weight-loss goals.