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As you've probably heard, sitting for hours at a stretch during the day--as most of us do--isn't great for you. But now there's something you CAN do to minimize all of its unhealthy effects. Apparently, fidgeting--tapping your feet, wiggling or bouncing your legs, flexing your fingers--can reverse the damage caused by being chained to your desk, a new study found.
Researchers at the University of Leeds, England, studied more than 14,000 British women ages 35 to 69 for 12 years. Those women who sat all day and described themselves as moderately or very fidgety were less likely to die from diseases like cancer than women who hardly moved at all.
But here was the super-surprising finding: As long as they fidgeted, the women who sat all day had the same mortality rate as women who were more active.
This isn't the first time scientists have uncovered some positive perks to wiggling. Fidgeting burns calories (an Iowa State University study showed the habit torched 350 a day) and increases focus.
So if you're a fidgeter, rejoice. And if you're not, try to move around your workspace more--every hour or so, go get water, stroll to the restroom, or just walk down the hall.