Today’s post will be a 2-in-1. I’m going to explain what N.E.A.T is and then I’m going to give you some simple N.E.A.T exercises that you can do every day and chances are you probably are doing them and didn’t even know it.
We all know that when it comes to overall health, just making it to the gym is not enough daily movement. Try more calorie-burning into your day with these easy ideas. Simply moving more and sitting less can boost your health because of the calorie burning called N.E.A.T, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. It takes energy — calories — to move even the smallest muscle. For example, you burn about 1.5 calories per minute just lying still while your body performs its most basic functions. Go from lying down to sitting in a chair and answering e-mail, and you’ll burn 25 percent more calories. Now start fidgeting in your chair and you’ll burn more.
And all those little movements can add up: The amount of everyday activity you get — beyond the 30 minutes of traditional exercise you might be doing — might matter even more for your overall health than trips to the gym. Here are some N.E.A.T ways to make the move more concept work for you.
Try To Move More
If you have a desk job or collapse on the couch as soon as you get home, train yourself to just get up more — it could help you live longer. People who stand fewer than three hours a day live around three years longer than more sedentary peers. Sitting for extended periods of time has been linked with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Getting up hourly and walking to the restroom, getting a refill of water, or standing up to stretch can decrease stiffness, boost energy, and burn calories. Also, when watching TV, during every commercial break get up and move. Do a few stretches, walk around the house, or bust out a few bicep curls. All are easy exercises for beginners.
Get a Pedometer
To gauge how much moving you currently do and then motivate yourself to do more. suggests buying a pedometer, an inexpensive gadget that clips on a belt and counts steps for you. Wear it all the time to track both at-work and at-home exercises. There’s nothing like having a running tally of your steps per day staring at you from your waistband to make you want to move more.
Add in Steps
Now that you have your pedometer, one of the best N.E.A.T exercises for beginners is to find creative ways to increase steps every day. You can easily add movement to almost every daily activity. Park at the far end of the parking lot or get off the subway or bus a stop early. Extra steps add up to significant calories over time. And that makes them easy exercises for weight loss.
Pace and Fidget
You probably try to avoid both of these moves to keep from looking irritable or nervous, but they’re easy exercises for weight loss. Pacing rather than standing still and fidgeting rather than sitting still will burn more calories and are prime examples of N.E.A.T in action. Pace when talking on the phone. Use talking on the phone as a cue to stand up and start pacing or just shifting your weight from one foot to the other. Stand up and stretch every time you hit ‘send’ on an e-mail.
Carry Your Groceries
Combine strength training and errands on your next trip to the store: If you live within walking distance of your market, see whether you can carry groceries in your arms rather than a cart. If you have to drive, turn to unloading the car into an at-home exercise, and add a few bicep curls every time you lift a bag out of the trunk.
Take Advantage of Sitting
N.E.A.T at-home exercises done while you’re sitting can provide you with some great strength training exercise for beginners. Raising one’s heels while seated is an excellent option for working out the muscles in the lower leg. Place a large book on the knees while raising the heels to provide more resistance and an even bigger boost in caloric expenditure.
Burning Calories With Everyday Activities
If the thought of working up a sweat on the treadmill at the gym to burn calories doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll be happy to know that you can burn plenty of calories just by doing everyday activities. Research shows that people who are physically active during the day can burn an extra 300 calories per day. Over 12 days, that can add up to an extra pound of weight loss.
Burning Calories: The “NEAT” Way
Extra 300 calories per day can come from what is called non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or N.E.A.T, which accounts for the energy that you expend when you are not sleeping, eating, or doing structured physical activities like jogging or sports. N.E.A.T activities include things like walking or riding a bike for transportation, typing on the computer, working in the yard, and cleaning the house. Even fidgeting is considered an N.E.A.T activity that can turn up your calorie-burning engine.
These activities help you burn calories by increasing your metabolic rate. This is why agricultural and manual workers tend to have higher metabolic rates than people who live more leisurely lifestyles. In fact, the calories burned through NEAT can differ by as much as 2,000 calories per day between two people who are similar in size.
Burning Calories: Totaling the Burn
“NEAT” calories can really add up — and fast.
30 minutes a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn the following number of calories:
- Raking leaves = 147 calories
- Gardening or weeding = 153 calories
- Moving (packing and unpacking) = 191 calories
- Vacuuming = 119 calories
- Cleaning the house = 102 calories
- Playing with the kids (moderate activity level) = 136 calories
- Mowing the lawn = 205 calories
- Strolling = 103 calories
- Sitting and watching TV = 40 calories
- Biking to work (on a flat surface) = 220 calories
Burning Calories: A Little More Every Day
If you are trying to increase the number of calories you burn, make an effort to do more spontaneous physical activities throughout your day. The best way to do this is to reduce the time you spend sitting while adding calorie-burning activities to your daily routine.
The following can increase your level of calorie-burning throughout the day:
- Walk down the hall to see a colleague rather than making a phone call or sending an e-mail.
- Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator.
- Clean your house instead of using a cleaning service.
- Take your dog out for more frequent walks.
- Ride your bike or walk to work rather than driving.
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