MU researchers discover fidgeting is good for you

2 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago Saturday, August 06 2016 Aug 6, 2016 Saturday, August 06, 2016 3:54:00 PM CDT August 06, 2016 in News
By: Tyler Emery, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Researchers at the University of Missouri have found fidgeting can help prevent the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

The study was led by a professor of exercise and physiology at MU, Dr. Jaume Padilla, along with other professors and several graduate students apart of the school.

Previous research has shown that sitting at desks or computers for long periods of time can restrict blood flow and potentially lead to cardiovascular disease.

The findings MU researchers published show fidgeting while sitting can protect the arteries in the legs and help prevent arterial disease.

While it was known fidgeting would increase blood flow to the legs, this research now shows it is sufficient enough to counteract the negative health effects of sitting for long periods of time.

The authors of the study recommend people engage in leg movement when sitting either at work or home.

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