A NEAT Way To Burn Extra Calories And Improve Your Health
NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis and it is a way of classifying all the bodily activities and functions that are not directly related to your physical activity meaning your time at the gym. While intense physical activity has a tremendous health impact, a growing body of evidence suggests that accumulating short bouts of low-intensity physical activity throughout the day can also have substantial health benefits, and add up to a significant amount of calories used at the end of the day, It has been observed that through NEAT a person can burn between 300-1000 calories a day depending on how active a person is. Some examples of NEAT are gardening, walking to the store at the corner instead of driving, taking the parking spot that’s further away, walking your dog, and playing with your kids. These all have an impact on the amount of calories used and burned throughout the day as the body is constantly looking for fuel to stoke the fires and keep the body moving and living. While pedometers are not the most accurate measuring device I did wear one for a period of time at work and over a 2 week span that I walked between 3-6 miles a day just doing my job, it can really add up over time. Sedentary lifestyles take away from NEAT and have been shown to have direct correlation to metabolic deficiencies and early mortality. For people who have desk jobs you can still incorporate a little NEAT time by taking a short walk on your break, trying to complete your work while standing, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. There are infinite possibilities for how you can be more active and increase your NEAT. NEAT activities are not just a good and sneaky way to burn some extra calories they also play a role in better overall health and mental well being. So next time you find yourself circling the parking lot for 20 minutes looking for a closer parking spot think about NEAT and take the empty spot that’s a little further away.
Scott Mailman the Protein Guy