There have been some studies on how many calories are used from fidgeting, but just how much do they count in an overall weight management plan? Our resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories we need to just keep all our involuntary body functions going. If we just sat still and didn’t move, our body would burn calories to keep our digestive processes going, our cells functioning internally, our heart beating and keep us breathing, etc. Anything we do past that takes energy or calories. So, yes even fidgeting requires the burning of calories, which can count to an overall weight management plan, but still, how much?
Calories Used From Fidgeting Varies
Calories used from fidgeting and how much they count is different based on the type and quantity of fidgeting. There was a study done back in 1986 by Eric Ravussin. He had 177 subjects put into rooms about the size of an average bedroom. They stayed in this room for 24 hours. Subjects were able eat, sleep and use a stationary bike. It was the determined by this study that fidgeting played a big role in the calories lost in this study. The people that lost more calories tended to pace, play cards and were just overall more restless. It was not just a few calorie spread either, but a 2,300 calorie difference between the different people and their activity. There are some other variables, which are always true for anyone burning calories, that being muscle mass, age, gender and metabolism. The large calorie difference made this a very interesting study.
Fidgeting Is Only A Small Part Of An Overall Weight Management Plan
If you understand the basic concept of a resting metabolic rate, then it stands to reason that any activity, even fidgeting, will burn calories. And we know that if we take in less calories than we burn each day, we lose weight. So, fidgeting could be part of an overall weight loss or weight management plan. It’s not that easy, however. For fidgeting to have much significance, you would have to do it consistently every day. Researchers have found that there seems to be a genetic disposition to fidgeting. So the tendency to fidget is not in everyone’s make up, so to speak. That doesn’t mean that you cannot incorporate some fidgeting principles into your daily lifestyle, but you would have to make a conscious effort to do so.
Calories Used From Fidgeting Can Add Up
The approximate amount of calories used for tapping your foot vigorously and continuously for about one minute would be about 3 calories. Maybe over the course of the day, you do this for a total of 15 minutes. That is 45 calories. Or maybe while you are tapping a foot, you are also tapping your pencil on the desk. Between the two, you could be burning an extra 100 calories. Actual amounts will vary depending on current weight, age, current lean muscle mass, metabolism, health status and the particulars of the fidget. In addition to those fidgets, maybe you pace while talking on the phone for 10 minutes, that is another possible 30-40 calories. You can see how the calorie count can add up to a relatively significant amount.
When considering your calories from fidgeting and just how much they count toward your overall weight goals, think about what you can consider as part of your calories used from fidgeting. Some ideas might be pacing while talking on the phone, pacing while brushing your teeth, tapping your feet when sitting at a desk, getting up every hour to just stretch or walk around or doing leg lifts or arm movements during commercials, etc. Burning an extra 230 calories a day could equal 2 pounds a month or 24 pounds in a year just from fidgeting. When you think of it that way, calories from fidgeting do count in an overall weight management plan.