Thursday, September 27, 2012
Last week Coach Nicole did a program in SparkCoach about a concept called Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). This is about raising your base metabolism by being more active when you are not exercising. By doing small things like parking a bit farther away from the entrance and walking to a store, standing when you would usually sit to watch T.V. or work, pacing, anything that would make you more active--even fidgeting more can actually help. Also things like using some sort of small exerciser under the desk while you are working,
To me, this idea translated into taking time to push myself a bit to do more housework, or other non-exercise activities each day. This will have the added benefit of having a cleaner house and getting more done. I also think that knitting or crocheting while watching T.V. or doing some other sort of craft or hobby would be good. I have done this before. These kind of things help keep you awake, if like me, you have a tendency to nod off if not active during movies and other things.
I have already started tracking myself on 3 hours a week of NEAT time (about 1/2 hour a day). I have found that this is very motivating for me. It gives me more leeway to choose activities from a range of things--housework, projects, relaxing stroll, incorporating a few more errands into the day, or walking farther when I do one--those types of things. I have found that it has worked better for me than my more ridged goals that were less encompassing.
N.E.A.T. would also be a really good reason to use a pedometer. I have used one before (currently I don't have a working one). Getting those extra steps to get your goal in was really motivating for me, and often translated to going up and down stairs to wash, clean the kitchen really well, or other things that I could push myself a little to do.