Fid­get­ing is good for your health?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Fi­nally, there’s an ex­cuse to fid­get in your chair, as a new study says it could coun­ter­act the ad­verse health con­se­quences of pro­longed sit­ting.

It might seem like a joke, but the re­search found an in­creased risk of mor­tal­ity from pro­longed sit­ting for those who rarely fid­get from their work­sta­tion.

“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,” says co-au­thor pro­fes­sor Janet Cade of the Univer­sity of Leeds, UK.

Even those who meet rec­om­mended ex­er­cise quo­tients and who sleep for eight hours per night can easily spend up to 15 hours sit­ting. While walk­ing has al­ready been proven to im­prove health, this study is be­lieved to be the first to ex­plore fid­get­ing in re­la­tion to sit­ting time and death rates. The re­search team worked with data from women aged 35 to 69. The re­searchers an­a­lysed data from a fol­low-up sur­vey sent to these re­spon­dents, ask­ing them about their lifestyle, in­clud­ing diet and ex­er­cise, and whether they had any chronic dis­eases and, of course, about how of­ten they fid­geted. The re­searchers, whose study was pub­lished online in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Pre­ven­ta­tive Medicine, ac­knowl­edge that more work is in or­der to iden­tify the ex­act mech­a­nisms in­volved.

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