Since I've gotten my bodymedia, I've noticed I burn a LOT more calories on days where I am in lab and standing for a few hours at a time.
I take the numbers with a grain of salt, obviously, because nothing is 100% accurate, but when the burn goes from 2050 on lecture days to 2350 on lab days (when I come home and sleep after!) I can tell something is up.
I've been looking into it, and I found a really good article on NEAT- non-exercise activity thermogenesis, a fancy way of saying "the calories you burn doing everything you wouldn't assume to be exercise." Like fidgeting, shivering, and even standing. One study found that the major difference between a group of normal weight and a group of overweight individuals was in the NEAT. They ate about the same (wow, right?), had similar exercise behaviors, but those with normal weight chose to stand over sit more often and fidgeting instead of staying still! It's not substitute for exercise when it comes to health benefits, but it can help manage weight- and productivity at work! The calories might not seem like a lot right away, but it can compound... even 50 extra calories (that may be about half an hour for you) a day adds to 350 a week... or an extra 5 lbs in a year. Now imagine standing at your work desk for only 1/4 of the time, or 2 hrs... that's what, 25 lbs in a year? That's an extra two pounds in a month... Which is definitely helpful, I think.
What do you guys think?
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