Do you know that you burn about 85% of your calories through non-exercise activity? N.E.A.T (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. A simple way to increase your N.E.A.T. is by walking 🚶. 10k Steps is equivalent to almost 5 miles and can burn about 200 to 300 calories per day.
I remember back in 2012 when I was prepping for my first bodybuilding competition that for over 3 weeks my fat loss was in stand still. Even though my diet was on point and I trained almost everyday. But my N.E.A.T. was low. At the time, I was still working in the field of IT sitting on a desk over 8 hours a day. In order to increase my N.E.A.T., I started walking more. I walked back and forth while I wait for the train on the way to work. I took the stairs instead of the elevator at work. I rode my bike to the gym instead of taking the car. By increasing my N.E.A.T., I started losing fat again.
Most of our jobs today are sedentary and not laborious. We sit on a desk and hardly move. It’s important to keep yourself active and keep your N.E.A.T. high.