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2005 Mayo Clinic Study On Fidgeting

February 25, 2012 by staff 

2005 Mayo Clinic Study On Fidgeting, A lack of fidgeting has been linked to obesity, but fidgeting itself does not help with weight loss. Instead, it is a sign that you need to move, such as to stand up, take a walk, or perform some other kind of physical activity. Adding more physical activity to your day can help stop fidgeting and also help with weight loss.

Studying Fidgeting
The idea that fidgeting leads to weight loss comes from the results of a Mayo Clinic study from 2005. The study measured non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or the amount of calories a person burns during daily activities. Scientists in the study observed 10 obese people and 10 thin people and found that the thin people were more likely to fidget and move around. Obese subjects sat still for about 2-and-a-half hours more per day than the thin subjects.

What Fidgeting Means
While wriggling your way to weight loss may sound appealing, it’s not quite that simple. Fidgeting is your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to stand up and get moving. People who fidget less may have lower amounts of brain chemicals that produce fidgety feelings and therefore move less during the day and gain weight. However, just tapping your fingers or shuffling your feet isn’t enough to produce significant calorie loss.

Sedentary Lifestyle
Many people gain weight just because they don’t move enough while they’re awake. Driving a car and sitting at a desk don’t help, and handheld devices such as cell phones and remote controls make it even easier to perform daily tasks while sitting down. These movement-limiting devices contribute to a general trend toward higher weight.

Simple Ways to Burn Calories
You can incorporate calorie-burning activity into your schedule without taking a trip to the gym. Walking at any speed burns calories. Getting up from your desk and taking a walk down the hall can help, as does taking the stairs or even standing up while making a phone call. You can also combine sedentary activities, like watching television, with exercise by buying an exercise bike or stepper and working out while you watch.

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