Fidgeting may mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting, one study contends. Mortality risks for women who sat for long periods of time, but were moderately or very fidgety were similar to those for women who were more physically active. Researchers conducted a study involving 14,245 British women ages 35 to 69. Each participant answered questions regarding their health behaviors, chronic disease, 24-hour activity, physical activity levels, and fidgeting. As expected, the researchers found that women who did a lot of sitting and were only “slightly” fidgety had a higher risk of premature death than women who were more physically active and didn’t sit as much. However, women who did a lot of sitting, but were either moderately or very fidgety had a risk of early death that was similar to that of more active women. The results support the suggestion that it’s best to avoid sitting still for long periods of time, and even fidgeting may offer enough of a break to make a difference.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Sept 23, 2015