Many people envision physical activity as strenuous, backbreaking exercise that’s painful and time consuming. While intense exercise has its pros, growing evidence suggests that shorter bouts of low-intensity activity may also show significant benefits. This type of physical activity is called N.E.A.T.!
What is N.E.A.T.?
N.E.A.T. (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) is the energy we expend by moving throughout the day. For example, N.E.A.T. physical activity includes walking to work, cleaning the dishes and even fidgeting!
Making small changes to increase your NEAT activity can have a drastic effect on the amount of energy you expend each day.
Choose to be N.E.A.T. at WORK:
•Work at a stand-up desk (Standing can burn up to 3x as many calories per hour than sitting)
•Park far and walk to work
•Take the stairs whenever possible
•Take a 15 minute walk during your lunch break
•Initiate standing or walk-and-talk meetings
•Stand or pace while on the phone
•Take a 5 minute stretch break a few times a day
•Walk to a close co-workers desk instead of emailing or calling
•Take a short break to do “office exercise” (http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1241-office-exercise-plan)
•Replace your office chair with a stability ball to strengthen your core for short bouts of time during the day
Pamela Wong, PharmD, NuHealth Wellness Team