Fat Loss is NEAT
“Focused exercise is not enough.”
With warmer weather, you have a “NEAT” chance to make even more progress toward your goals.
In the fitness world, NEAT is an acronym for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Simply: This is the energy you burn when you aren’t sleeping, eating or exercising.
Think of it as the stuff you do when you aren’t training with us.
NEAT is important because we only get to see you for a certain period of time every week (and we love every minute!). But you spend a lot of time outside the gym, and if you’re generally active, you’re going to get results even faster.
The time spent on the gym bench after a tough workout is the best feeling in the world. There is this great sense of accomplishment, while sweating through your clothes.
Your heart rate was pumping, you were lifting weights, and you were having fun doing it. Working out is tough, because reaching your goals is not easy! Nonetheless, sweating it out in the gym isn’t the only way to reach your goals.
In reality, cutting your grass, vacuuming your house, and going for a walk is equally beneficial for fat loss as your 1-hour HIIT class.
NEAT is the slow burn and churn of your metabolism, while burning fuel (aka fat) all day.
Having trouble coming up with some NEAT ideas? Check these out below!
- Take that work call while on a walk.
- Go for a hike and explore a new area nearby.
- Get your bike on the road and feel the wind in your hair.
- Dig up the garden and plant something.
- Tackle that yard project you’ve been thinking about.
- Take the stairs at work (and maybe do them twice!).
- Stand up and work or program regular stretching breaks.
- Get on the water with a canoe, kayak or paddleboard.
If you like “keeping score,” you can often track these activities with a step counter. And you’ll be amazed how fast steps add up. Warning: checking your step count can be addictive.
The benefits of general activity: You’ll burn more calories, you’ll spend less time on screens, and you’ll be less likely to reach for snacks or alcohol while binging on Netflix for hours. Research has even shown NEAT can help you reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular events.
Fat Loss is NEAT
PS: Come to the gym and sweat with us regularly. But make outside-the-gym activities part of your lifestyle, too. If you need any ideas for things you can do to stay active, talk to any of our coaches.