Do you take the stairs or ride the escalators?
Little moments of physical activity can add up to more calories burned than you think.
Here's why moving your feet can help maximise your N.E.A.T. and help you burn more calories.
What is N.E.A.T.?
When it comes to losing weight we understand the need for more calories burned and less calories consumed. We tend to focus our energy on Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (E.A.T) which is the energy expenditure (calories burned) we get from intentional exercise. Whether it’s going for a run, training at the gym, playing a sport, etc, we focus on these short periods of intense activity to burn more calories.
N.E.A.T or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is the energy expenditure from everything else that we do that isn’t a) exercising or b) sleeping. The moment we get out of bed we are burning calories and contributing to our total N.E.A.T. The more active we are in our daily lives the more calories we will burn, whether it’s taking the stairs, walking the dog, commuting to work, doing the gardening, or even washing the dishes, these activities can burn from 50-300 calories an hour and it all adds up. One hour of exercise may burn 200-1000 calories depending on intensity, but consider how many more calories you could burn through daily movement in the remaining 15-18 hours you spend awake.
So many of us are working from home now and it’s easy to get caught up and glued to your desk. Make the most of the lifted lockdown and schedule regular walks or reasons to get up from your desk and just get moving: Track your step count and take the scenic route to get your morning coffee, take a walk on your lunch break, choose the stairs not the lift or escalators, use a stand-up desk. Anything to give you a reason to be on your feet and moving more. Although walking to and from your fridge or snack cupboard doesn’t count!