By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Foot shaking, finger tapping, pen clicking, and seat bouncing may annoy your coworkers, but all that fidgeting may actually be doing good things for your body. Not only do those little movements add up to extra calories burned over time, but fidgeting might even counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting, according to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology.
Whether stuck at a desk job or binge-watching your favorite shows, you probably spend many many hours every day on your butt. All this sitting can have serious consequences on your health, with one study even reporting that being inactive is the riskiest thing you can do, after smoking. One side effect is that bending at the knee and sitting for long periods of time can restrict blood flow—not good for overall heart health. And while there are some fun ways to sneak in exercise during the workday or while watching TV, putting those tips and tricks to good use might be easier said than done. (Learn the 9 Ways to Start Standing More at Work.) Luckily, there’s one unconscious movement many people already do that can help: fidgeting.
Moral of this science story? Any movement is better than no movement—even if it annoys the person next you. You’re doing it for your health!
Source: Shape Magazine | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide