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Sitting on our bums all day at work is our health’s biggest enemy. It increases our risk of diabetes, heart disease, different types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. Plus, it can impact on your mental wellbeing and can also dramatically increase your risk of dying early.
Morbid, huh? But there could be hope on the horizon for office workers. A team of researchers from the University of Leeds and UCL found that, for people who do sit down for long periods of time, those who fidget have increased mortality compared with those who don’t.
While as a child you may have been told by every grown up to “stop fidgeting”, it turns out all that toe tapping, leg stretching and playing with your hair can pay off.
The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gathered information from women aged between 37 and 78 over a 12 year period on their diets, exercise regimes, health, and, on a scale from one to 10, how much they fidgeted.
The results showed that the women who sat for seven hours a day or more were 30 per cent more likely to die during the study than their more active peers - but not if they were active fidgeters. (Post continues after gallery.)