The Importance of N.E.A.T Activity During the Lockdown
The majority of us are aware that it is important to maximize our daily activity in order to increase our calorific output. However, due to our busy day-to-day lives, there is only so much exercise one can realistically fit into your daily routine. Furthermore, many are also be finding it more challenging to maintain their exercise regime with many gyms and health clubs being closed due to the lockdown.
But do not despair, there are other ways to boost metabolism. “Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis” (N.E.A.T).
What is N.E.A.T
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is the energy expended throughout the day that is not sleeping, eating, or sporting activities, or exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, climbing a flight of stairs, gardening, or household chores.
It has become increasingly important that we monitor our Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis during the lockdown.
Recent studies have discovered that the UK has seen a sharp increase in weight gain since the start of the pandemic.
This is linked to the fact that a large percentage of the population is currently working from home, which has lead us to become less active.
A recent study followed over 12,000 British women for 12 years and found that the act of fidgeting may reduce the risk of death associated with an excessively sedentary lifestyle.
Further research shows that participating in moderate to intense physical activity does not compensate for sedentary behaviors, even in elite athletes. There is a much greater likelihood of achieving fat loss and maintaining lean muscle tissue through increased NEAT.
3 Ways To Increase NEAT Activity
Here are ways to improve your daily NEAT ensuring that you have a higher metabolic level each day:
Plan your day that to allow more time so that you use your car or public transport less for short trips, For example, walk to the local supermarket instead of driving, or use the stairs in a large shopping complex instead of using the elevator.
Take short breaks to get up and walk around your office space or at home, and it is always good practice to track the number of steps that you do each day with a Fitbit or Apple Watch.
Create a weekly checklist of household chores like vacuuming, cleaning windows, laundry, dusting, taking out the rubbish, grocery shopping, gardening, etc. They may feel like a dull and mundane task they will help to boost your metabolism over a period of time.
To ensure that you achieve good health and wellbeing, the best approach is to create a schedule where you are active throughout the day. Making incremental adjustments to our lifestyle will boost our metabolism, increase energy levels, and will promote lean muscle mass and good weight management more than just slotting random bursts or exercise. Use Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis to your advantage!