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How to Lose Weight With Fidgeting

By Ronny Marie Martin ; Updated July 18, 2017

Gone are the days of standing still. New research shows fidgeting to be the next best thing for weight loss. Adding any type of extra movement throughout your day will burn more calories compared to living a sedentary lifestyle. Tapping your foot is no longer an annoyance, but now a form of exercise that could help combat obesity.

Never get comfortable. Sit in an uncomfortable chair, lean against a hard surface, wear uncomfortable shoes or wear uncomfortable clothing materials. If you are uncomfortable, you continuously fidget to try and get comfortable. The more you fidget, the more calories you will burn.

Fidget with as many body parts possible. Twiddle your thumbs during a meeting, tap your toes while you type, squeeze and relax your gluteus muscles whenever you sit, bob your head side to side while listening to music, squeeze and relax your stomach muscles all day long or brush you hair for five minutes every half hour. Try to engage as many muscles as possible to maximize weight loss.

Fidget all day, every day. The Washington Post reports a detailed study found that obese people tend to be much less fidgety than lean people and spend at least two hours more each day just sitting still. Fidgeting is enough to burn about 350 extra calories a day or more -- which could add up to at least 10 to 30 pounds a year.

Consider fidgeting to be a form of exercise. It is very easy to be annoyed when a person won't stop tapping a pencil, twirling their hair or shaking their foot. Nutrition ATC says being a "fidgeter" may actually help achieve long-term health -- even though fidgeting is frequently viewed socially as unacceptable. Next time your co-worker is distracting you with twitching and squirming, realize they may be doing it for their health or for exercise.

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