Health experts and researchers unanimously agree that “sitting is indeed the new smoking!” Tight hip flexors, neck pain, lower back pain, bad posture – sitting for long hours can do more damage than these obvious physical aches and discomfort. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can put one in the risk category of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and other metabolic diseases. Just one hour of sweating it out in the gym will not shake off the “sedentary” tag from your lifestyle if you spend the rest of your waking hours before the laptop/computer or on the couch without any physical activity. If you are wondering why you are not losing weight even with daily exercise, spending hours in a sitting position might be one of the major reasons. Wondering what extra you would need to do to get lean – here’s what you need to do – start on a a good calorie-deficit diet (Rati Beauty diet for example), exercise moderately, and then increase NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) in daily life.
What is NEAT?
Abbreviated as NEAT, it is the energy we use for everything we do in our day-to-day life except for when we are sleeping or exercising. Using the stairs instead of the lift, squatting on the floor to lift something up, walking while talking on the phone, every activity we do while being on our feet, comes under NEAT. All these activities help to burn some amount of calories and these bits of calories spent here and there, add up to a considerable amount when you are trying to lose weight. We all know that for weight loss to happen, there should a calorie deficit and also high resting metabolic rate, which means we should be using up more calories than the amount we are consuming each day. Since most of us lead sedentary lifestyle and our jobs require us to stay slouched in a sitting position for long hours, metabolism drops and we do not burn up a lot of calories through the day, so instead of burning fat, we tend to store fat. NEAT activities help to burn tiny amount of calories through the day, and when they add up, you have torched up a significant amount and are now on your way to drop excess weight pretty soon. Certain studies have established that one can burn up to 150 calories in one hour by doing NEAT activities!
7 Ways To Increase Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis:
1. Walking the Talk on Phone Calls: Walk every time you get or make a phone call – we talk on the phone so much, and imagine the amount of calories we can torch just by getting up and pacing through the duration of those calls.
2. Doing These 12 Household Chores: Regular household chores like sweeping and mopping also burn quite a few calories. Sweeping the floor and dusting require you to be on your feet for a good amount of time, it’s the same for vacuuming. Additionally, while sweeping and vacuuming, you have a chance to slim and tone up those arms! Additionally, read about “12 Household Chores That Would Help Burn Calories.”
3. Taking Stairs Instead of Elevators: Ditch the elevator and take the stairs instead, you can strengthen the leg muscles in the process.
4. Fidgeting Legs: You can burn up to 350 more calories doing absolutely nothing but just fidgeting your legs while sitting at the work desk or while watching TV.
5. Stand up From the Sitting Position Every 30 Minutes: Working for long hours, rooted before the laptop/computer, in the sitting position for hours at a stretch, can deactivate an essential fat-burning enzyme called lipoprotein lipase and stall its “fat-burning activity.” So, stand up, take a stroll around to reactive this fat-burning enzyme and also to boost a sluggish metabolism.
6. Cooking: You can torch up to 150 calories in one hour through the whole cooking process – chopping the veggies and cooking them up would make sure you are eating healthy as well.
7. Washing the Dishes: This should have been right up there on top of this list! If you are not washing the dishes, you are missing out on some real chance to slim down.
So, these were some NEAT activities that would help you to reach your goal weight sooner.