NEAT Provides Healthy Long-Term Benefits

Go for a walk before the big meal.   (photo source: jzlomek/morguefile)

Diabetes prevention is a key concern for many adults as they age.  Lifestyle factors and family history may put you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, which affects about 20 million Americans. Experts will recommend that patients pay careful attention to their diet and include exercise as a part of their regular schedule.  But a recent study has found that NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, may be an additional way to maintain healthy blood sugar levels as you age.

What is NEAT?

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT, sounds very technical, but it’s not.  It’s just a fancy name for all of the non-exercise physical movement that you do during the day. It might include climbing the stairs, folding the laundry, gardening, walking to complete errands, even standing while talking on the phone.  Sounds fairly simple, right?

NEAT has been gotten more attention from researchers in recent years.  Studies have found that the people who participate in more non-exercise physical activity enjoy significant benefits, including improved metabolism and an increased ability to control blood sugar.

Add More NEAT to Your Daily Routine

The great thing about increasing your NEAT is that it doesn’t require a schedule or a major time commitment.  It simply requires that you make certain choices throughout your day.  For example, if you drive to the grocery store, you can improve your NEAT by parking further away and walking the distance of the lot.  At work, you can improve your NEAT by taking short hourly breaks and walking to chat with coworkers.  At home, improve your NEAT while you watch television.  Dust, fold laundry, or do some other physical movement instead of laying on the couch.

These simple changes are easy to make, but can have a big impact on your long-term health.

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