We’re talking about NEAT today!
NEAT = Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis
Basically is talking about all the daily activities that you do, excluding an organized/planned workout, that burns calories.
NEAT tends to go unnoticed or even forgotten, but studies show that the cumulative effect of all the NEAT you do actually has a larger overall effect on your long term health than your actual workout.
Riding your bike
Cleaning the house
Taking stairs instead of elevator
Playing with kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews
This low intensity “exercise” is super important for your heart and controlling stress levels… ESPECIALLY in our current quarantining.
So, while we’re stuck in quarantine, try to make an effort to increase your daily NEAT. Go on bike rides, go long walks, take a hike on a trail, clean/organize a room your garage 😬
You will burn calories, control stress, and make a long term investment in your health!
Homework: have you done any NEAT that you’ve enjoyed in your quarantine? Are you doing any today?