Without taking a single step, you can burn up to 350 calories a day by just sitting upright! Yep, thats right, being upright is possibly the easiest weight loss method. By sitting upright, you activate many of your small abdominal and low back muscles, and give yourself a metabolic boosting advantage. Practicing good posture regularly will build muscle and when you build muscle, you burn calories. That simple. Chiropractor James Emmett explains that you lose weight because you are carrying yourself better; you are “taking tension off the whole body and everything starts to flow better.”
And just as well, sitting upright makes you look taller and slimmer even without burning calories! When you slouch you let your guts hang out and you look heavier than you really are. Being upright forces you to pull everything up and in, and in turn you look thinner. So goes the saying, fake it till you make it!
Want good posture? We’ve got your back!
With UpRight, maintaining a good posture is simple and effortless. All you have to do is wear it for 15min to an hour a day, and in effect you train your core muscles and build muscle memory in an almost completely subconscious way. Eventually you will be able to sit and stand upright even without the device.
Overachiever? Wanna burn more? Here are some easy workplace exercises you can do every day in your chair!
Tighten your abs
Lift your feet a couple of inches off the ground, kick them out and bring them back down. repeat.
Tighten your abs as if someone’s about to tickle you. Hold a few second, release and repeat 10 times.
Tone your legs
straighten out your legs until they’re parallel to the ground and focus on tightening your quads (the muscle in front of your thighs). Hold for a few seconds and slowly lower back down and repeat. For greater resistance, rest one foot over the opposite ankle for added weight as you straighten your leg.
practice rolling up onto the balls of your feet while squeezing your calves. Hold and release. repeat.
Work your butt
Squeeze the buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, and release. Then clench one buttock at a time in a way that makes your hips move.
Cardio, cardio, cardio…
Tapping your foot, wriggling yourself around your seat, and generally moving in your seat can add up to hundreds of calories per day. This is called NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis.)
A sure way to get moving in your seat is listening to some good music that gets you going! It will also put a smile on your face…
Jumping out of your chair with energy? Take it one step further and out of your chair… Take office laps to keep your body in movement. Whether to get water, take a bathroom break, or visit a co-worker in the other room. Try to get off your seat regularly to kick your body into gear and burn some calories.