Stand up, sit less and move more, researchers say; here's how to do it

Story highlights

  • A recent study finds that standing -- even without moving around -- can have health benefits
  • Spending more time upright could increase productivity as well as make you healthier

(CNN)You might want to stand up for this. A growing amount of research suggests that just standing -- even if you don't walk around -- can have health benefits.

A recent study in Australia found that participants who spent time more standing and moving in the course of a week, based on a sensitive monitor adhered to their thigh, had lower levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. The benefits were even greater, and including reductions in body-mass index and waist circumference, among those who took more steps during the day.
The researchers of the study boiled down their findings to the simple message: "Stand up, sit less, move more." The study was published last week in the European Heart Journal.