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Fidgeting Boosts Heart Health

Update Date: Jul 09, 2014 02:56 PM EDT

Fidgeting is healthy, according to new research.

Cardiologists found that evidence that these annoying movements could actually prevent heart disease.

The latest study conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that frequently getting up and moving around the office keeps the heart healthy by maintaining fitness levels.

 The latest study involved 2,223 healthy participants with no history of heart disease, asthma or strokes.

After measuring participants' fitness and sedentary behavior, researchers found that 20 minutes of exercise can cancel out the harm caused by sitting for two hours.

Previous studies have linked sitting and sedentary behavior to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

While it was generally assumed that exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, researchers said the latest findings suggest that spending too much time lounging in a chair or sofa can lead to serious heart problems- even when people exercise.

"When sitting for prolonged periods, any movement is good movement," said researcher Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski, according to the Daily Mail.

"So shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget," she added.

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