Are you familiar with NEAT fitness? If you're a client of mine, you're likely rolling your eyes at me right now because I talk about it ALL THE TIME 😉
NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It's the "take the stairs instead of the elevator" concept; and it can help aid in weight loss and weight maintenance.
This is particularly important in our Midlife and later years. In our 20's- mid-40's and maybe even a bit later, we are active with work, friends, and children. Once we hit that retirement age, we tend to move less when it is a time that we should be moving more.
In addition, with the evolution of remote work following the pandemic, many find themselves sitting in front of a computer for extended periods of time with little to no movement.
Studies show that NEAT fitness can burn an additional 200-300 calories a day. That's an extra 1400-2100 calories per week!
How can you increase your NEAT fitness?
Need something from the kitchen? Get up and go grab it rather than asking your child or significant other to get it for you. If you work at a desk, set a reminder on your phone or other device to remind you to get up and walk up and down the stairs a few times, or around the house. Walk rather than drive to the mailbox.
Make it a small goal this week to get up and move more often. You (and your body) will thank me later!