Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – Increase Activity to Lose Weight

Did you know that simple movement is one way to lose weight?  We get so focused on thinking that only structured exercise is the only way to exercise.  Just generalized activity can also help us lose weight.  Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT)* is simply spontaneous activity.  In one study(1) in which 20 self proclaimed couch potatoes were studied ( 10 with the BMI(body mass index) with an average of 23 (lean) and 10 with an average BMI of 33 (mildly obese)) to determine how different levels of activity affected their weight.  It was found:

  • The obese group sat for 164 minutes longer each day than the lean group.
  • The lean people were upright for 153 minutes longer than the obese people.
  • The lean group burned an average of 350 extra calories each day (36 lbs. a year) by walking and standing more throughout the day.

Neither group did any structured exercise, but the lean group burned more calories just by moving around more – no sweating required.

With more of us having sedentary jobs, we need to remember that we can easily add a little weight loss and a feeling of well-being by getting up and moving as much as possible. We need to remember—take the stairs, park further away from our destination, walk around more, stand up more often, add a few stretching  exercises at our desks or while watching TV to help us just move around more.  Remember that this can make a difference.

*James A. Levine, ©2010 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.




About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

Leave a Reply