Moving is N.E.A.T.

N.E.A.T. stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Non-active exercise activities are anything outside of sleeping, eating and exercise that expend calories. Increasing N.E.A.T. results in more calories burned throughout the day outside of exercise.

Exercise vs. Physical Activity
Exercise is a type of physical activity but not all physical activity is exercise. For instance, gardening is an activity that can be physically demanding but it is not exercise. An exercise activity must be organized and structured with a warm up in the beginning and a cool down in the end.

Ways to increase NEAT

  1. Walk more: Go hiking, take walks after dinner, park farther away and take the stairs more often instead of the elevator.

  2. Get up every 20-30 minutes: Set a timer to get up when watching TV or working at the desk. Take a stretch break or walk and stand in between long periods of standing.

  3. Commute to work: If your city is bike friendly or walkable consider commuting to work or to places more often.

  4. Do some yard work: gardening is a low-impact activity that doesn’t require a lot of technical skills.

  5. Volunteer in your community: choose those that allow for walking such as beach clean-ups or at local farms.

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