Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT is basically the movement you do that isn't planned exercise. Anything from housework to walking to the shops is all part of NEAT.
You can use NEAT to help boost the amount of calories you burn throughout the day. This could easily be up to an extra 100 calories and over time that totals up to a lot!
You need to be mindful and be asking yourself what could I do to burn a few more calories here and there?
They may only be small activities but if you do enough of them, they do add up over time.
- taking the stairs instead of a lift
-going for a walk at lunch time
-Making sure you get up and walk / stretch for 5 - 10 mins if you've been sitting for an hour
-Getting a pedometer such as a fitbit and tracking your activity
-Fidgeting around when sitting, waiting in line
-Getting up 10 - 15 minutes earlier and doing some stretches and mobility walk
-Parking further away from the shops and walking (instead of thinking parking right next to the shop is like a badge of honour)
To me, doing activities like this signals a positive change in your mindset about improving your health, fitness and body composition.
What can you start doing today to improve your NEAT?
This is my, mostly, Personal Trainer musings and information which I hope you'll find helpful!