Sitting all day has long been deemed harmful to the health and is even associated with an increased risk of death. What you don’t know is, fidgeting may now be the new “cure.”
Sitting all day leads to a higher risk of death
The researchers studied data from nearly 13,000 women aged 37 to 78 years over a 12-year period about their average daily sitting time, fidgeting levels and other factors such as physical activity and diet.
The results show that women who were not fidgeters and sat for more than 7 hours a day had a 30% increased risk of death compared to those who sat for less than 5 hours per day.
Fidgeting may prolong your life
Importantly, among those women who fidgeted a lot, there was no increased risk of death at all.
In other words, if you tend to sit for a long period, your chance of death may increase, but if you think you are a fidgeter, fidgeting may lower the risk of death.
Fidgeting is making small movements with your body, usually your hands and feet. It may involve tapping feet, spinning pen, reordering papers, playing with phone, etc. Another common act of fidgeting is bouncing one leg repeatedly. Many people hate these acts and find them annoying, but they may actually save one’s life.
To conclude, if you have an office job where you sit all day at desks or around conference tables, looking at the computer more than you stand, or if you spend all day on your sofa watching TV, you should literally perform some movements, for example, bouncing your leg.
Still, fidgeting may be helpful, but exercises such as going for a brisk walk, jog, or swim is even better for you to stay healthy.