Excerpts from article by Jim Sollisch, WSJ
I was one of those kids who couldn't sit still. My mother was forever saying that I had "shpilkes" -- Yiddish for ants in your pants. Who knew it could save my life?
According to a recent study by the American Cancer Society, the more you sit still, the higher your risk of premature death.
The bottom line: Don't just sit there--fidget. Bounce a leg. Get up and stand every 15 minutes or so. Take a quick walk around the room.
Answer by gertie41 at 1:36 PM on Oct. 2, 2010
are you a guy? I don't think it has to do with fidgeting so much as it has to do with burning more calories. I believe it as to do with how many calories you burn. People who burn more calories than they eat will definitely live longer, and people who fidget burn more calories because they can't sit still. All that extra movement makes them burn more calories than someone who doesn't fidget. BUT, someone who doesn't move around all day could easily exercise daily & live a very long life.
They have done studies on mice, rats & humans. And with all three, they found that when fed a low calorie diet & when exercising regularly, they lived much longer than the ones who sat around all day. So, i believe that a non-fidgety person can easily live longer just by exercise & eating right.
Answer by samurai_chica at 1:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2010
Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:35 PM on Oct. 2, 2010
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