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  • Fidgeting may help to counteract some of the ill effects of excessive sitting
  • Among women who reported sitting for seven hours or more a day and hardly fidgeting, the risk of all-cause mortality increased by 30 percent
  • Women who sat for five to six hours a day and reported fidgeting often had a decreased risk of mortality
  • There was no increased mortality risk from longer sitting time among those who fidgeted moderately or often

By Dr. Mercola

Fidgeting is widely frowned upon in certain social situations and is often associated with rudeness or lack of concentration, especially among children. Even the definition of “fidget” comes with a negative connotation. It means “a quick, small movement, typically a repeated one, caused by nervousness or impatience.”

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