Fidgeting Can Increase Your Lifespan

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By Kirsten Cowart

Ever since you were young and sitting in school, you have been taught to sit still. Could that be keeping you unhealthy?

Sitting has recently been called the “new smoking,” because of the health concerns linked with being sedentary for long hours each day. Is it possible that fidgeting could be considered the “new standing?”

New research has shown us – people who have sedentary lives and consider themselves big fidgeters – have better health than people who sit still.

Do You Spend Long Hours Sitting Each Day?

If you or someone you know spends a lot of time sitting each day, then they are at risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. There is something you can do about it that may actually increase your health and/or the health of your friends and family.

Between breaks of standing and walking around, try shaking your leg or tapping your foot – fidgeting!

30% Risk Of Death Decreased In Fidgeters

12,778 women between the ages of 37 to 78 in the UK Women’s Cohort Study were followed for more than 12 years. The research was evaluating mortality rates and their connections with many different activities such as education, diet, physical activity and smoking habits.

These women were placed into three categories based on how much they felt they fidgeted: low, middle or high. It was found that women who reportedly sat for 7 or more hours each day had a 30% increased risk of health concerns that lead to death when compared with women who sat less than 5 hours per day.  

When a woman who sat more than 7 hours per day also classified herself as a medium or high fidgeter, the 30% mortality risk went away.  

“Fidgeting appeared to remove the association between longer sitting times and subsequent mortality,” said researchers.

Walking Still Recommended

Though fidgeting can help get you through long hours of sitting, it is still strongly recommended that you take frequent breaks for walking. In the British Journal of Sports Medicine, they recommend that you take frequent breaks to stand or walk around for at least 2-4 hours during an 8 hour work day.  

Do you fidget a lot? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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