Don’t Stop Fidgeting, It May Save Your Life

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

“Technology is making your generation lazy.”

“This is the most sedentary generation, I’ve ever seen.”

“We used to go outside and play instead of sitting in front of computers all day.”

We’ve all heard it a million times.

Thank you for your abundance of generational wisdom, now can I please go back to brooding over my quarter-life crisis? You may even be a little tempted to retort with your class schedule, or with a few words on how great you are, from your personal trainer. Unfortunately, the odds are against you. But have no fear, one of the most natural and unrecognized acts of movement may be all you need to silence your doubters — fidgeting.

 

Studies are beginning to show that even with physical activity, a sedentary lifestyle is having a negative impact on you.

I know, it sounds depressing, partially because it is. Let’s say you spend an average of 6 hours sleeping, and an average of 7 hours at your job which does not require you to assemble cars. You’re staring at 13 hours of known sitting/sleeping periods. Every single day. Compared to your average 1 hour a day, 3 times a week trampoline hip hop dance class, you’re not exactly beating the sedentary lifestyle back.

A possible solution to combat a life of sitting — fidgeting.

Yet, we do have ways to combat this, by taking walking breaks or stretching in between long periods of sitting. Fidgeting was looked at as a natural solution to being sedentary. Typically known for bringing on bouts of annoyance from your friends and coworkers, fidgeting may be a lifesaver.

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Compared to women who sat for long periods and had an active lifestyle, women who sat for long periods and were frequent fidgeters didn’t show any risk of decreased mortality.

So ignore the naysayers and twitch and fidget your way to greatness. You only get one life, it would be a shame to spend it sitting still.

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