We spend an hour at the gym every day, and that’s super great. But what are we doing the other 23 hours of the day?
NEAT, otherwise known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (try saying that five times fast), encompasses “the energy we expend for everything we do that is NOT sleeping, eating, or sport-like exercise. It ranges from energy expended walking, typing, performing yard work, fidgeting, and other things like doing dishes.”
NEAT certainly is NOT a substitute for regular exercise, but it plays a damn important role in your overall health and fitness. Think about someone who sits at a desk all day in comparison to someone who does manual labor – People that get more NEAT simply tend to weigh less than people who get less NEAT, period.
Another big one to watch out for is the winter months, as NEAT tends to decrease DRAMATICALLY. Obviously it’s cold and the negative temperatures and chilly winds aren’t the most encouraging to want to go spend time outside. But bundle up and get that NEAT anyway.
Consider investing in a pedometer that can track steps, might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, or your iPhone will all the do the trick (though use of your iPhone will obviously require it to be on us at all times). But shoot for 10,000 steps (if not a little more) every single day.
A little shell-shocked by your measly 5,000-6,000 step average?
⚡️Take your dog for a 30 minute walk a couple times a day
⚡️Skip the elevator and take the stairs
⚡️Stuck on a phone call or conference call? Go walk around rather than sitting through the call
⚡️Park at the far end of the parking lot when grocery shopping
⚡️Walk a 400m lap or two after the class workout as you cool down
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