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Wellness Wednesday – NEAT Tips

Wellness Wednesday 

Hey, that’s NEAT.

NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It’s any physical movement that is not exercise and accounts for a portion of our daily metabolic output. Simply engaging in active living can increase the amount of calories you burn.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator, escalator or moving sidewalk.
  • Open doors manually rather than use the wheelchair button, which, by the way, is not meant for lazy people, but that’s a rant for another time…
  • Carry your own bags rather than wheel them around or have a porter do it for you.
  • When sitting, practice some stretching exercises or do a little chair yoga.
  • Walk everywhere all the time whenever possible.
  • And for those staying in self-catering accommodations, hand wash your laundry and bake/cook manually without using electrically powered kitchen appliances.

The majority of calories needed by the body daily go towards sustaining life and participating in NEAT. Only a small percentage of calories is burned through exercise alone. Be weal, be active and be NEAT for good health.


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