Those last few stubborn pounds. How many times have you lost them and put them back on again? You can’t do much more – you get a lot of exercise, you eat pretty healthy, and you still have to fit in the rest of life, too. But this tip is a no-brainer! Chisel off the weight by getting NEAT!
What is NEAT? NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. It’s the movement you get in all day when you’re NOT at the gym. It’s the stuff my mother always said to do; park the car at the furthest spot in the parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to your co-workers’ office instead of emailing or calling them. You can get creative with this; drink lots of water every day and then use the furthest bathroom, dance to music while you make dinner (sure to embarrass your kids)! And according to research from Dr. Len Kravitz of the University of Arizona, it adds up to a whopping 350 calories per day! Times 7 days a week, times 52 weeks per year: that’s 36 pounds per year! You can do that!
Here are some other easy ways to get in those extra steps:
- Do yard work.
- Clean the house.
- When folding laundry, do a squat as you pick up each item.
- Bring in the groceries one bag at a time.
- Take the dog for a quick walk to the corner after dinner.
- Walk to your friends’ house instead of calling.
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator.
- Stand or do lunges in place when you’re on the phone.
- Get up off the couch every time there’s a commercial.
- Walk up and down the stairs between TV shows.
- Do ten squats every time you sit down at the desk or couch.
It all adds up! Sure, it’s a little quirky, but for 36 pounds a year? You can do that!