How Many Calories Do You Burn Standing All Day?

You burn more calories on your feet than resting in a chair, which is why the American Council on Exercise recommends standing -- instead of sitting -- whenever possible to increase your daily calorie burn. Standing quietly, a 150-pound person burns about 114 calories per hour, or 912 calories in eight hours.

Retail employee standing in store while speaking with customer. (Image: Jochen Sand/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Activity Level

If you perform physical activities as you stand, you'll burn more calories than you will standing still. For example, a 150-pound person burns 147 calories per hour -- or 1,176 calories in eight hours -- standing while performing desk work, which is 33 more calories per hour than standing quietly. Light work or not, however, standing does not replace exercise. For proper physical fitness, you still need to perform aerobic activities such as cycling or jogging, as well as strength-training activities such as lifting weights or doing sit-ups and squats.

Load comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.