HIIT, Weights, Cardio, Personal Training, Yoga, Your favourite gym class? There’s no denying its doing good for you- but 30 minutes of moving cannot completely combat a full day of being sedentary.
We all are aware its easy to ruin the positive effects of our exercise efforts, but it's also surprisingly easy to dial up the benefits of our exercise between workouts. NEAT: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. The energy that we typically forget to account for. Standing, walking, fidgeting. Although seemingly minor factors- they can add up to a large impact on your daily energy expenditure (calorie burn).
Its been shown that people who tend to stand or walk from their desk more often and fidget can burn up to 350 calories more per day than others who didn’t tend to move. How can you amp up your NEAT to maximise your burn between workouts?
Maintain good lipoprotein lipase (LPL) levels. LPL is a key enzyme when it comes to converting fat into energy. LPL levels will drop when you are sedentary, but by moving regularly throughout your day you can keep LPL levels stable – and support your body to burn fat.
Become a tidier, leaner you! Switch lethargic tidying for a more enthusiastic approach to everyday chores and you’ll send your NEAT through the roof. Sweep and vacuum, reorganize cupboards or simply get out and weed your garden – not only is it great for your body, it’s good for your mental health too.
Make your workday work. Take the stairs, stand when you’re at your desk, have standing (or better yet, walking) meetings, and instead of emailing a colleague, get up and go see them.
Track your steps. Start using a fitness tracker and fuel your NEAT by aiming for 10,000 steps a day.
Become an active relaxer. Be more mindful about how you relax – consider walking, restorative yoga, or chatting with a friend over simply sitting on the couch. And if you are relaxing on the couch make the most of a fitness tracker that monitors periods of inactivity and sends alerts to get you moving.