Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body, but formal exercise is not the whole story! This becomes particularly important as we age because many experience injuries that limit their ability to exercise for long periods of time on a consistent basis.
So how can we boost our daily calorie burn without exercising to avoid weight gain and stay healthy? As it turns out non-exercise movement – aka – non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is as important as formal exercise. This scientific term refers to all movement – not just exercise and it all counts!
NEAT includes all movement including but not limited to:
Taking groceries from your car into your house
Going up and down stairs in your home during the normal course of the day
Taking your dog for a walk
Standing up and stretching during the course of the day.
Research shows that formal exercise does not necessarily compensate for many hours of inactivity, and that people who have higher levels of NEAT can often be leaner than exercisers who spend of the rest of their day sitting on a couch!
How Can You Increase NEAT?
It is actually very simple to increase your NEAT and make a big difference in your waistline in the process! Here are some examples:
Believe it or not the science is very clear – you can make a big difference in your waistline and your health by consciously moving more throughout your day WITHOUT exercise. Even better do both!