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Ignore Your Mom's Orders to Sit Still
Fidgeting could help you burn an additional 350 calories per day, suggests a small study from the Mayo Clinic. Researchers tracked the daily movements of 10 mildly obese people and 10 lean people for 30 days and found that the lean group spent about two more hours per day fidgeting or on their feet than the overweight group, who tended to sit and stay stationary. That difference accounted for about 350 calories per day, gone. If you need more motivation to move around in your seat or pace around your workstation, think about this: Only women who considered themselves "very occasional fidgeters" had an increased risk of mortality associated with sitting for long periods of time, found a 2016 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Women who said they were "moderately or very" fidgety had no increase in risk compared with women who didn't spend as much time sitting.