Fidgeting 'can help you live longer'

Fidgeting can off-set the unhealthy effects of sitting for long periods and may even help you live longer, research has shown. Scientists who analysed data on more than 12,700 British women found that too much time spent sitting still increased the risk of dying. But the association did not apply to participants who rated themselves as "moderately or very" fidgety - even those who sat for long periods.
Professor Janet Cade, from the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, who co-led the study, said: "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."
Even among adults who are physically active, it is possible to spend up to 15 hours a day sitting down, said the researchers. Breaks in sitting time have previously been shown to improve markers of good health, such as Body Mass Index (BMI) and glucose and insulin responses.

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