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Fidgeting when sitting might keep you healthy

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Fidgeting when sitting could undo some of the ill health effects of sitting

Recent studies suggest sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on health. A new study shows fidgeting when we sit could help keep us healthy, but there are some barriers that still need to be addressed perhaps in the workplace.


The study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found increased risk poor health that increases our mortality risk only among people who sit and don’t move.

The news is good for anyone who works at a computer or has to sit down most of the day for other reasons.

On a personal note, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. I use an under the desk pedaler at my computer work station that I engage almost non-stop.

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How to undo some of the harmful effects of long-term sitting

The finding comes from an analysis of The University of Leeds' UK Women's Cohort Study.

Should you fidget in your workplace to stay healthy?

Study co-lead author Professor Janet Cade, from the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds said in a media release: "While further research is needed, the findings raise questions about whether the negative associations with fidgeting, such as rudeness or lack of concentration, should persist if such simple movements are beneficial for our health."

The research paper, 'Sitting-time, fidgeting and all-cause mortality in the UK Women's Cohort Study" is published online” and highlights the importance of keeping our bodies in motion as well as our minds.