If you sit next to a toe tapper at work, give the guy a break. You know what we're talking about. At the office, there's always one guy who just can't sit still.
He's either shaking his knees up or down, or tapping his toes. Or worse, he might be that guy who's always tapping a pencil on his desk. It's maddening. But it could also be adding a few years to his life. In fact, you might want to start fidgeting, too.
It turns out that fidgeting can be good for your health. That is especially true if you're sitting at a desk all day, whether it's you at the office, or your children at school.
You've heard over the years that it's not good for your health, really your blood circulation, to be sitting still all day. That's why doctors recommend you stand up if you're on a plane for hours, or stop and take a walk if you're on a long road trip.
In fact, research studies over the years have linked sitting too long to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Some health professionals recommend that office workers stand, instead of sit, for at least a couple of hours each day.
Now, a new research study in the United Kingdom, conducted with 12,000 women, found that sitting too long could lead to an early death. In the study, the women were grouped into three groups, based on their level of fidgeting. The researchers found that women who sat still for over seven hours, and didn't fidget much, were 30% more likely to die than women who sat for only five hours, or less.
But, it turns out the ill effects of sitting too long can be easily reversed. In fact, women in the study who fidgeted a lot or pretty often, did not have an elevated risk for dying.
The research at this point isn't conclusive. More research needs to be done. But, it does suggest there's a link between fidgeting and a longer life. So, tap your toes.