A person burns roughly 50 percent more calories standing than sitting, reports KVAL.com. An average person burns 107 calories per hour sitting. Results vary by size and metabolism, but a 155-pound person burns about 50 calories more per hour when standing.
Some companies have modified work spaces with standing desk options to offer health advantages to employees. Adding common activities such as laughing or pacing burns even more calories than standing alone. Teaching while standing burns 152 calories per hour. In some cases, standing causes people to subconsciously move their bodies, shift their weight and pace, which enhance calorie burning.