Doing NEAT things.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Read a blog by a gal named Frauching on the subject of NEAT, which is an acronym that stands for Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis, or activities we do beyond working out. Some people (myself included) tend to be extremely sedentary when not actually engaged in fitness exercise. I know this is a problem for me with a lot of ill side effects like super-weak muscles. I've considered turning on the timer to prompt me to get up and move for 5 minutes every hour. I still might do that!
My other spark friend, DeterminedMe, is encouraging me to do squats and lunges, and I really want to, except for my poor knees. She said to try doing squats using a low stool so I have been using a little 2-step booster I use for getting into high places to "squat" on. Yesterday, I did 5 squat intervals 3 times during the day. Also running in place 4 times and stepping up and down on a step 3 times and other calisthenics I thought of at different times of the day. Sometimes the idea of devoting a half-hour to fitness seems so inconvenient. I also don't always want to leave my house. So I'm doing Wii Fit at home (not hard core by any means) and a bit of Leslie Sansone. Thanks to all this NEAT plug-in fitness (3-5 minutes at a time) my muscles are pretty sore! I want to be able to do a plank with good form but right now it's really hard. I have such a time getting on and off the floor that I really don't do a plank much at all! I tried it on the bed, and it's still pretty hard.
So now I want to get below 200 and get my muscles strong enough to get on and off the floor as well as plank. Also I would like to lose enough weight to where I can run/jog for 2 minutes and longer. Engaging in NEAT activities throughout the day can only help.