NEAT ways to add extra movement to your daily life

NEAT ways to add extra movement to your daily life

Ideally, we’d all be given an extra hour each day to exercise. But don’t fret! Follow the NEAT approach to exercise to top up your gym visits, and you’ll burn more calories and create a healthier lifestyle.  

What is NEAT?

Neat (Non Exercise Energy Thermogenesis) is energy expended for non-exercise activities outside of any formal session. This includes taking a walk, bending, playing a musical instrument, gardening, shopping and even fidgeting. Basically, anything except being sedentary.

Here are some NEAT ways to add activity to your daily life:

  1. Exercise while commuting. Walk or bike to work if possible. If not, try to use public transport which at least requires a short walk at either end. If you really have to drive, park as far away as possible. At least you get 5 minutes exercise you wouldn’t otherwise.
  2. Walk while you work. If you have a desk job, take a walking break at least once an hour. Stand up to talk when you’re on the phone. Walk up the stairs instead of using the lift.  Some workplaces hold ‘walking meetings’. Strolling along the hall as you chat can be more productive and accumulates minutes without noticing.
  3. Have a ball. Sitting on an exercise ball at home or work makes you use your core muscles constantly. Try it anytime you should be sitting. For example, while watching TV, eating, folding washing.
  4. Drink lots of water. This honestly works! Sipping water throughout the day means you have a guilt-free reason to get up to use the toilet regularly. Go to the furthest bathroom to crank it up a notch. 
  5. Wear a pedometer . There’s nothing like a running tally of your steps to get you moving. Challenge yourself to reach the recommended 10,000 steps a day and see what a difference it makes.

What about your gym sessions? Keep at it – people who exercise live longer, healthier lives. But activity shouldn’t end at the gym. NEAT is definitely the perfect gym partner for life.

 

Comments

Emma C.
25 August 2014

Emma C.

Walking to people instead of sending emails is all very well. But they often don't appreciate it when they're busy. And if you have lots do work to do yourself it's quicker to send an email. (but I know that's part of the problem!)

18 August 2014

Try standing up to work! Don't sit in front of your screen all day_ try standing it's quite comfortable. also less internal e-mails_ go and speak to the person sometimes.

gurjit s.
18 August 2014

gurjit s.

always have a bottle of water in the fridge - cool refreshing and free

gurjit s.
18 August 2014

gurjit s.

park on the top floor an use the stairs enjoy the view

Sasha B.
17 August 2014

Sasha B.

I am very active and naturally fidgety. So this is probably why I don't have to try too hard to stay my ideal weight.

Sasha B.
17 August 2014

Sasha B.

I am very active and naturally fidgety. So this is probably why I don't have to try too hard to stay my ideal weight.

Trevor D.
12 August 2014

Trevor D.

fidgets don't get fat - good news!

Matthew C.
12 August 2014

Matthew C.

I am the king of NEAT! Never use the lift, cycle to work, use an exercise ball and get up at least once every half hour for a wander. With an IT job I have to do this and it makes a big difference over the months and years.

Phillip H.
9 August 2014

Phillip H.

new acronym for an idea that's been around quite a while! Don't forget the other big one - never use a lift.

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