Even Jennifer Aniston, who admits to exercising religiously, couldn’t argue with the science behind 'NEAT' exercise. And neither will you.
In fact, once you learn the value of small, behind-the-scenes movements, you could lose those 10 pounds you’ve been trying to drop since you graduated college or had your first baby.
While I don’t recommend swapping out the hard work you put in at the gym for non exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) movements, they can make a big difference.
Researchers have discovered that the small, everyday movements we make—like fidgeting with your hands or tapping your foot—add up. Some experts estimate that you could burn as much as 300 calories per day or more with NEAT. What?
I’m guessing your reaction to that statement was either, Holla! Or there’s some jaw dropping going on.
Do the math
Bear with me through this mini-math lesson. You’ll like the end result. I promise.
If you burned 300 calories every day with NEAT movements for the next month, without increasing your calorie intake, you’d burn an extra 9000 calories in the month. That equals a 2 1/2 pound weight loss. (To lose 1 pound, you generally have to burn 3500 calories.)
Without much effort, over the course of the next year, you could score a 30-pound weight loss using NEAT principles. Just let that number sink in for a minute, my fellow perpetual-dieters-who-chase-any-new-fitness-fad-that-comes-along.
This discovery has the potential to be a life-changer.
Make the change
Now, you won’t find an expert that will advise you to drop strength or interval training in lieu of NEAT. Of course, these activities are important.
The question is, Are you making good use of your day to score some free calories-burned? If you’re not, start tapping your toe. Now!