If you are trying to lose weight, you probably know that exercise will help you to burn more calories during the day. But did you know that your non-exercise activity also plays a key role in the number of calories you burn? Simple changes to your work and leisure activities can help you boost your metabolism and burn more calories each day.
Easy Changes to Increase Activity
Researchers have studied NEAT, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, and its relationship to the number of calories you burn every day. NEAT is simply a fancy name for all of the non-workout activity that you do as part of your daily routine. NEAT might include easy housework, walking to your car, carrying groceries, and even standing on the sidelines at your kid’s soccer game. In a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, researchers concluded that “NEAT explains a vast majority of an individual’s non-resting energy needs.” So why not take advantage of NEAT to burn more calories?
5 Ways to Burn More Calories
During work and leisure time, make choices to improve your NEAT by making these simple changes.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Fold laundry instead of laying on the couch when you watch television
- Create a standing work station at home or at the office so you spend less time sitting
- Leave the folding chair in the car at your child’s sports activity. Stand and cheer during the game.
- Park further away from the mall and walk a few extra steps to your favorite stores
Of course, NEAT is not a substitute for a good weight loss workout. But if you combine a healthy diet, a well designed exercise program and an active NEAT profile, you’ll be on your way to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.