What is NEAT?
Non exercise activity thermogenesis or ‘NEAT’ for short, is basically what the term says
it’s all the physical activity you do throughout the day that’s not related to formal exercise.
So, everything from getting up out of bed, walking downstairs, pouring out a glass of water, walking to the shops, sitting at your desk, fidgeting with your hands and feet
it’s literally everything you do out-with your actual hour of formal exercise.
Most people think that the 1 hour of exercise in the gym you do is the holy grail of burning calories, but often forget that there’s still another 12 hours or so that your awake in a day that you’re doing some form of physical activity.
Those other 12 hours actually make up a much bigger portion of your daily energy expenditure (burning calories) than that 1 hour of intense cardio or resistance training you do in the gym.
Don’t get me wrong, that 1 hour of formal exercise is extremely important, but don’t forget about the other 12 or so hours in the day that you could be burning a hell of a lot more calories in.
So, how do we increase our NEAT levels?
It’s actually very simple. You just need to move around more and be more active.
Why not take part in a 10,000 step challenge?
Here’s what to do:
1) Get a Fitbit/pedometer/phone app that tracks your steps
2) Aim to hit 10,000 steps per day
3) Doing most of the list above will help massively when trying to hit 10,000 steps
Doing this you’ll likely burn around 300-500 calories extra per day
(this varies from person to person of course)
So…what are you waiting for?
Get to STEPPIN’