Unlock the Power of N.E.A.T. for a Healthier You
So this topic came up with all of my clients this past week, so I knew I had to do a WOW about it. Let’s talk N.E.A.T.
In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, we often emphasize structured, planned workouts. However, there’s a low-key hero when it comes to overall health… N.E.A.T. which stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
What is NEAT?
NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) includes all the calories we burn through activities other than structured, planned exercise.
Many experts put NEAT into three main categories: 1) standing, 2) moving around/walking, and 3) fidgeting.
Basically, NEAT is all of the movement we make in the background of our lives, making it a powerful, yet often overlooked, contributor to our overall health.
What are NEAT Benefits?
1. Metabolic Health
Engaging in NEAT activities may help support our metabolic health by improving markers such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin sensitivity.
Studies suggest that individuals who sit less & have higher NEAT tend to live longer!
3. Weight Management
NEAT may make it easier to maintain a healthy weight because the small, consistent movements throughout the day really do add up to extra calories burned over the long run.
How to Boost Your NEAT?
Anytime you can stand a little more, move a little more, or even fidget a little more, you are boosting your NEAT. Here are a few specific ideas to get you thinking about where you can add more NEAT to your life…
Incorporate mini “workouts” at your desk – stretch, stand, or take short walks. These activities not only boost NEAT but also refresh your mind. (HERE is the link to my standing desk & office trampoline recommendations.)
2. Active Commuting
Opt to walk or bike to get where you want to go. It’s a simple way to get in extra movement. Even driving & just parking farther away counts.
3. Fun & Hobbies
Add in some fun & hobbies like jump rope, roller skating, bike riding, hula hooping, trampolining, nature photography, gardening, dancing, organizing (some people may find this fun?), painting, crafting, game nights, etc.
How can you track NEAT?
It can be hard to track NEAT because it’s all sorts of little movements, however, a step counter may help you track up to 86% of your NEAT. So if you are someone who really loves to “get credit” and enjoys tracking things, you can use a pedometer to estimate some of your NEAT.
PS: If you decide to track, do it with fun in your heart and good intentions. If you start becoming obsessive with it, give it a rest to create a healthier relationship with movement.
Final NEAT Thoughts
Encouraging a more active lifestyle doesn’t mean overhauling your routine. Small changes can yield significant results!
Start by adding in small things like take the stairs, park farther away, or set your phone alarm for regular breaks to stand, stretch, or move around a little. Consistency is key, every little bit adds up, and it all counts! How NEAT is that??!!!