I had a friend when I was a teenager that just could not be quiet. If we were in the car, she would drum on the steering wheel, stamp her feet, and wiggle her hands till I was ready to smack her. When I would ask her to stop, she told me that she just likes a lot of noise.
Now, it turns out all that fidgeting may be good for keeping the pounds at bay, and when you’re in menopause you need all the help you can get.
You probably want to let your friends and family know what you’re doing, so they don’t think you’ve lost your mind.
Here are five ways fidgeting can help you lose weight:
Pacing works particularly well if you are on the phone, or waiting for commercials to end. If you’re in an airport waiting for your flight to leave, pace up and down the corridors.
March in Place
If it’s impossible to go outside for a break, march in place. How often do you stand in the grocery line waiting to check out? That’s a good opportunity to burn more calories.
Tap Your Feet
Put your favorite music on and tap along to the beat. If you really want to kick it up a notch, snap your fingers and sway your hips from side to side.
Make Multiple Trips
When you’re copying papers, do half and then walk back to your desk for the rest of the pile. Find the farthest bathroom from your office.
If you’re at home and folding clothes, make multiple trips to put them away. Sweep the driveway, and make a separate trip to get the mail. It’s all about creating extra steps.
If you’re sitting at a desk, wiggle your legs. It not only helps burn calories, but can also improve circulation and sore muscles.
These are just a few ideas, and you’ll want to tailor fidgeting to your schedule and what works best for you.