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N.E.A.T. ideas

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.
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    Awesome! I need to do stairs at work again! I've been lazy! I kinda want to do the pedometer thing. Let me know if you do!
    2025 days ago
    Excellent blog -- little steps add up to a lot! emoticon
    2030 days ago
    Great ideas I like the one of being more active around the house resulting in a cleaner house. Thanks for posting
    2030 days ago
    good idea
    2030 days ago
    That is a bunch of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    2030 days ago
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