There’s one way to know if you’re at risk to develop obesity, heart disease, and hypertension…
And it’s not what you might think.
Here’s how — it’s about how much you fidget.
No, that’s not a typo. Let me explain.
The technical term for this is “NEAT”, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis.
It represents the energy you spend when you’re not exercising, like when you’re picking up groceries, walking to the car, or standing.
A high NEAT is correlated with a long, happy life.
The higher it is, the more energy gets used up by your muscles. Things you eat can be burnt off more quickly instead of being stored as fat (even if you’re just standing instead of sitting).
So not only does a high NEAT raise your resting metabolic rate, allowing you to eat more without suffering the consequences…
It could potentially help with fat loss, if that’s what you’re going for.
Many people don’t realize this, but the calories burned with the accumulation of 100 small activities a day significantly outdoes the calories burned on the treadmill.
In fact I think people overestimate how much they spend at the gym. Sorry, but one hour every day of the week still doesn’t make up for being still all day, according to health experts.
The good news is, as busy moms and caretakers for other people in our families, we get to stay on our feet pretty much all the time.
So here’s the takeaway:
If you miss out on a workout one day, don’t be too hard on yourself.
But next time you’re sitting down, think to yourself if you’ve been in the same position for more than 15 minutes.
If you have…
Get up and just MOVE!
It can be as simple as standing up to swing your arms.
I just think it’s funny because a lot of parents tell their kids to stop fidgeting… when as adults we SHOULD be fidgeting!