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N.E.A.T.: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I read about N.E.A.T. on another Sparker's blog this morning and had to do some research.

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.) is the energy expended throughout the day that isn’t due to sleeping, eating, or sports-like activities. N.E.A.T. energy comes from activities we would otherwise perform on a daily basis. Some examples: walking from your car into work, washing dishes, doing yard work, playing with the kids, etc. If N.E.A.T. energy expenditure is increased, you burn more calories throughout the day and the accumulation of all those small numbers of calories can add up to pounds lost.

On the flip side, sitting too much throughout the day actually suppresses your body’s natural thermogenesis capability. Which is a great motivator for me to get up and move!

Ways I can increase my N.E.A.T.:

1. Walk around the house while I’m on the phone.

2. Dance while making breakfast/emptying the dishwasher.

3. March in place while brushing my teeth or watching t.v.

4. When presented with the option of taking the escalator/elevator or the stairs, take the
stairs.

5. Brush the dogs more often.

6. Move while waiting in line.

7. Do more housework.

8. Park further away from my destination(s) and walk more to get there.

9. March in place while folding laundry.

10. When straightening up, be less efficient and put one item away at a time.

11. Decrease my computer time so that I don’t sit as much.

12. Drink very cold water, which lowers body temperature, forcing the body to burn more energy in order to bring it back up to normal.

Do you have any ideas on how we can all be N.E.A.T.'er? Please share them in the comments below.

Thanks!

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