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Calories Burned Standing Calculator

Created by Julia Żuławińska
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Based on research by
Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett DR Jr, Tudor-Locke C, Greer JL, Vezina J, Whitt-Glover MC, Leon AS. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities: a second update of codes and MET values; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; August 2011See 2 more sources
MARGARIA R, CERRETELLI P, AGHEMO P, SASSI G. Energy cost of running.; Journal of Applied Physiology; March 1963Brooks AG, Gunn SM, Withers RT, Gore CJ, Plummer JL. Predicting walking METs and energy expenditure from speed or accelerometry.; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; July 2005
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024


With the calories burned standing calculator, you will find out how many calories you burn by standing and if it is a good activity to lose weight. Additionally, in the text, we answer some of the following questions:

  • Standing versus sitting – which burns more calories?
  • How many calories do I burn by standing?

Does standing burn calories?

Standing does burn calories, but not a lot. It has a MET factor of 1.5. The MET is the metabolic equivalent of a task – it tells you how many calories you burn per hour of activity, per one kilogram of your body weight.

How to calculate how many calories I burn standing?

Calories you burn standing can be calculated with the equation:

calories = T × MET × 3.5 × W / (200 × 60),

where:

  • T – Duration of activity in seconds;
  • W – Your weight in kilograms; and
  • MET – Metabolic equivalent of a task.

As we said before, MET for standing is 1.5, so you can simplify the formula to:

calories = 5.25 × T × W / (200 × 60)

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and you stand for two hours:

  • T = 2 hours = 120 minutes = 7200 seconds
  • W = 150 pounds = 68 kilograms

Now, put those values into the equation:

calories = 5.25 × 7200 × 68 / (200 × 60) = 214.2 kcal

For these calculations, it's good to have a calculator handy. Or maybe use our calories burned standing calculator!

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FAQ

How many calories do I burn by standing?

The exact number of calories you burn while standing varies based on your body weight and other factors. On average, standing burns about 40 kcal per hour more than sitting.

So, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, standing for an hour would burn approximately 107 kcal, compared to 71 calories while sitting. You can check exactly how many calories you burn standing in Omni's calories burned standing calculator.

How many calories do I burn standing versus sitting?

We burn about 40 calories more by standing than by sitting per hour. For example, if you weigh 170 pounds, standing for an hour would burn approximately 122 kcal, compared to 81 kcal while sitting.

How many calories do I burn standing if I weight 160 pounds?

If you weigh 160 pounds, you burn about 114 calories per hour while standing. If you're trying to lose weight, you might want to try walking, which will burn 290 kcal per hour, or dancing, which will burn even more – 340 kcal per hour.

How many calories do I burn standing for 8 hours?

It depends on your weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, in 8 hours, you will burn about 850 kcal. If you weigh 200 pounds, you will burn about 1150 kcal. (You can get values for your body weight in the calories burned standing calculator.)

However, standing for long periods can be uncomfortable. Remember to take breaks and change positions regularly. And if you want to burn more calories, try something more active, like walking.

Julia Żuławińska
Your weight
lb
Activity
Activity
🧍 Standing
Time of the activity
hrs
min
MET = 1.5

Metabolic Equivalent of a Task (MET) – measures how many times more energy an activity burns in comparison to sitting still for the same period of time (MET = 1).
Outcomes
Energy burned
kcal
Energy burned per hour
kcal
/hour
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