If you are one of those people who can’t sit still at work – here’s some great news. All that fidgeting might be good for you!
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that fidgeting might counteract the negative effects of sitting for too long. That’s right……researchers believe tapping your toes, playing drums with your pencil, and shifting from side to side in your chair is helpful – even if some of your co-workers find it annoying.
“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,” study co-lead author Professor Janet Cade, from the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, said in a statement.
Previous studies have shown that long periods of sitting are bad for our bodies. However, this is the first study to claim wiggling in your chair and jiggling your feet can make a difference to your health. And, according to a story in the Washington Post, “even if it doesn’t help your physical health, fidgeting might be good for your mental wellbeing: Many researchers believe that these squirms are humanity’s way of dealing with a transition from super-active lifestyles — think hunting and gathering — to modernity’s relative laziness.”
So keep those toes tapping! Who knows…..maybe the air drums are another piece of the puzzle that will one day help us reach our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!