In our modern world, we’ve become accustomed to sitting, and our lives often revolve around automation and virtual tasks. From work to leisure, technology has made it incredibly convenient to move less. But what if we told you that small, simple changes in your daily routine could have a huge impact on your health and well-being?
Enter NEAT – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, a fancy term for all the movement you do outside of planned exercise, eating, and sleeping. It’s the little things you do throughout the day that can make a big difference in your overall health. NEAT is also known as “incidental movement” or “non-exercise physical activity.”
So, why should you care about NEAT, and how can you harness its power to improve your health?
What is NEAT?
NEAT encompasses all the seemingly insignificant activities that can add up to a significant impact on your health. These activities are anything but exercise routines, yet they contribute to your daily calorie expenditure.
Think about these simple, yet effective ways to incorporate NEAT into your life:
Instead of sitting on a call, walk or pace around
Take your dog for a walk
Choose to walk to work when possible
Make house cleaning a form of physical activity
Embrace your inner dancer in the shower
Play actively with your kids
Wash your car by hand
After refilling your water bottle, take the scenic route back to your desk
Spend time gardening
Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator
Incorporate a little desk fidgeting
Get some extra steps in while grocery shopping
Make your shopping trips more active
Cook with enthusiasm and movement
Talk to your colleague face-to-face instead of emailing
Carry your groceries to the car for an added workout
The Power of NEAT for Health
NEAT can be a game-changer for your health, especially if you struggle with or don’t enjoy traditional exercise. The benefits of NEAT go beyond calorie burning and can positively affect your blood cholesterol, mental health, and blood sugar levels.
Adding low-intensity activities throughout the day, like walking and standing, can be more beneficial than a single exercise session, especially if you’re mostly sedentary. Remember, many small movements can lead to significant improvements in your overall well-being.
How to Boost Your NEAT
Ready to unlock the potential of NEAT in your life? Here’s how to get started:
1. Take a moment to think about all the daily activities you do that don’t involve planned exercise. How many of them keep you sitting?
2. Choose one or two of those activities and find ways to inject a little more movement into them.
Whether it’s walking while chatting on the phone or incorporating stretches while waiting for your kettle to boil, these small changes can make a big difference. The habit you’re cultivating is simple: add more movement to your day. Start harnessing the power of NEAT, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, more active lifestyle. For personalised assistance, contact our Health and Habits coach Jo Salerno by calling the clinic or emailing us on email@example.com.