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Neat – Just The Way I Like It

NEAT - just the way I like it

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Yes, I have some catching up to do!

NEAT – It stands for (in this case) Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Basically, the calories burned unintentionally, like opening doors, cooking meals, yardwork and even watching television. Even sleeping, we are burning calories!

The science is simple. Move around and burn more calories. Become lazy, burn less. We’re all aware of the NEAT things we can do to burn more calories yet we seem to always look for more ‘Remote Control’ ways to get through life, from escalators to automatic pool vacuums. As Theresa so wisely states, we have increased our waistlines as we have decreased our NEAT.

Oh, the photo for this post? It’s how I like my Scotch – Neat. But that’s another story.

  1. So our challenge for this chapter was to find 5 new NEAT activities to boost our metabolism. To be honest, I am contradicting my quest to Ace My Health constantly by both looking for ways to be more active and ways to be less active. I think because I am a high mileage runner, I feel I deserve to slug it out the rest of the day. Anita says I am the laziest marathoner in the world. I have no issues getting up in the dark mornings and heading out for runs of 1-3 hours. But get up to get a drink of water when clearly, that’s what my children are for? Or heaven forbid adjust the volume of the stereo with my own legs and hands, I need to use a remote of course.

So lately, I have been more aware of the possibilities of burning more calories. I want to get my weight down more to improve my competitiveness in the marathon and I do need to find ways to burn calories that my sneaky snacking ways build up!

Here is a list of some of the NEAT things I have been working on:

1. Doing things for myself, like fetching water, snacks, tools left in the other room. Things my children are usually really good for!

2. Stairs. This is a no brainer. I have been using them in place of the escalators and elevators for a while now.

3. Washing Dishes as opposed to using the dishwasher. The environment thanks me!

4. Washing my car by hand.

5. Getting up more frequently at work. No more filling a big jug of water. I’ll take multiple steps instead!

6. Riding my bike to work whenever possible.

7. Finding lunch spots further from the office. More walking equals more NEAT

What other ways can you suggest for adding more calorie burning during our days? Please share with us!

Dave & Anita

Dave & Anita

At age 43 and neither unfit, nor of perfect health, we have a lifestyle that requires constant focus. The “go, go, go” lifestyle of a being working parents gets the better of us. 5 years ago, we made major life decisions to quit smoking and get healthy, which for the most part has been successful. Anita, is an outstanding partner in our busy lifestyle and manages to be a dedicated mother. As a full time worker who travels regularly, she is no stranger to the dangers of living the life where meals are being fit into tiny windows of time each day. Together, we are making this journey even more interesting as we move through the Ace Your Health program and share how they apply it applies to our entire family. As a recreational runners, you can follow along to see how this quest of 'Ace Your Health' improves our marathon performances - click here to visit my running and fitness blog

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2 Responses

    June 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm Reply

    OK – I have a totally unsubstantiated theory about this…

    The human brain makes up 2.5% of our total body weight. Despite its small size, it accounts for about 25% of our basic metabolic activity. A pretty decent “burn rate” if you will.

    SO, onto the unsubstantiated part, wouldn’t a great way to increase your caloric burn be simply to THINK more? I have no scientific proof of this but think about it (haha, pun not intended but I like it!)… if you are staring mindlessly at the TV (imagine a guilty pleasure like The Bachelor or Keeping Up with the Kardashians), can you honestly say that you are burning the same number of calories as when you are doing the NY Times crossword? If I were good at math, I’d add in a hypothetical equation but I’m not, so I won’t. Definitely would make for an interesting study though!!

    That’s why, as a fellow lazy runner, I like to pick up a good book or a crossword while lazing on the couch after my long runs. If my husband asks, I’m getting a little extra caloric burn through mental exercise!!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Wow, you have a good point. No wonder I struggle. I do not think enough!

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