Let's talk N.E.A.T
By: Coach Paul
Lets talk about some NEAT things! NEAT is Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This is all the energy expended during all other activities outside of sleeping, eating and sport/exercise.
Daily movement counts as NEAT. As simple as getting up and out of your chair, unloading the car, walking around the grocery store. These calories account for a larger portion of daily needed calories compared to exercise. It is something that people often overlook during a weight loss journey or body re-composition, especially when they hit a wall.
The nice thing is, these NEAT things are very easy to add into your day. Don’t overthink it, simply try to move. There are lots of ways to add some in during your regular day to day life. Try parking a little further away from the entrance at the grocery store or shopping center. Walk a few extra yards into work, take the stairs instead of an elevator.
They way to make NEAT more useful in your journey to shed pounds or feel better throughout the day is to make yourself accountable. With accountability you are much more likely to partake in NEAT activities. For me, the easiest form I get in each day is taking my dog for a walk. Even if it is 10-15 minutes long, the little things add up.
Start with a little bit then keep trying to add up. Steps are really easy to use, smart phones can download apps that will count steps for you if you don’t have a wrist worn fitness tracker. Or you can just go based on time, keep track using a simple smartwatch app on your phone. Then as weeks go on, just add 5-10%. See how you feel and how your energy or weight changes and adjust the amount as you feel.
Keep things NEAT!