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Fidgeting 'good for you'

2nd July 2012

Experts have said that fidgeting and moving around for short periods could help to counteract the adverse effects of spending long amounts of time sitting down.


Speaking at the launch of the Fidget project - an initiative sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and the London Arts in Health Forum - doctors advised cutting down on the amount of time we spend sitting by dancing to music or taking a short walk.

Dr Wilby Williamson, a health service expert in exercise and sports medicine, said: "People are watching television for up to four hours a day and spending 60-70% of their time being sedentary, and that is because of our lifestyle and occupations."

"Reducing our sitting time ... makes us better at breaking sugars and fats down, which can help reduce our risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

A number of studies have associated the length of time people spend sitting with shorter life spans and a higher danger of heart disease.

Dr Williamson added: "The risk factors for cardiovascular disease and longevity start to increase above two hours of television watching per day. If you can make your TV watching or screen time more active that could be beneficial."

"Also, make sure your are not sitting for long chunks of time. Some studies show there is a beneficial effect of breaking it up every 20 to 30 minutes." 


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