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The N.E.A.T. Way to Exercise for a Longer, Healthier Life

Sunday, January 26, 2020

My mother-in-law was the energizer bunny on steroids. Her entire life she never stopped moving always on the go gadding about here, there and everywhere all the time. I used to think she didn't know how to relax, but you know what, she was always slim, never carrying an extra pound.

This recent Blue Zones article explains why - my mother-in-law's NEAT burn must have been very high.. "The N.E.A.T. Way to Exercise for a Longer, Healthier Life" tells us:

"NEAT, or Non–Exercise Activity Thermogenesis occurs with every activity that we perform except sleeping or performing sports- like exercises. It could be yard work, walking to work, housework, or even fidgeting...

People with high NEAT “scores” seem to fidget, get up and walk around for no reason, move their arms and legs more and generally get more movement throughout the day than some of their overweight friends.

Research has shown that if we sit less and move more, we live longer. Balancing what we take in in energy with how much energy we expend can help us control our weight. Certain markers for inflammation have been found to increase when NEAT is not a regular part of your day.

Small movements throughout the day add up, and the cumulative effect is an increased metabolic rate. Since everything you do besides exercise or sleep adds up to “NEAT,” it changes the balance of energy needed and used...

NEAT could be the difference between gaining or losing weight, due to the accumulation of energy throughout the day. Since sitting is the new smoking, increasing your NEAT along with a regular exercise program can add years to your life.

Instead of getting the average sedentary time for Americans at a whopping nine to ten hours per day, get up and move around more often. Whether you’re gardening, taking a lap around the office, or even standing up during your conference calls—it all counts..."

So, "How much NEAT is enough?

Though no official public health rules apply here for what’s enough NEAT—adding a total of about two and a half hours of standing and light walking around the house or office should do it. Another tip is to stand up five minutes for every thirty minutes you sit. It shouldn’t take much for you to start realizing the benefits without the need for rigid training programs."

"Here 10 ways you can try to boost your NEAT score:

1. Get a sit-to-stand desk, which can decrease blood pressure, back pain and blood sugar
2. Take a walk after each meal to lower blood sugars immediately following a meal
3. Walk to a coworker’s desk instead of emailing them
4. Don’t let family text each other from another room
5. Set your cell phone alarm for a 30-second stretch and five minutes of standing
6. Find friends who want to move with you more and make it a group effort
7. Move around while watching TV
8. Walk around the house while you talk on the phone
9. If you can walk there, do
10. If you can take the stairs, do 3."

The main thing is that you stay moving more than you sit still for your overall health.

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