Disease Proof

Fidget Your Way to Fitness?


According to James Levine of the Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) lab at the Mayo clinic, movements like typing and fidgeting can help you stay slim. Diet Blog sums up NEAT’s latest newsletter. Here are some tidbits:
  • In a study, sedentary lean and overweight people were fitted with "magical" underwear which monitored every movement of the body. Subjects were fed 1000 calories above their weight maintenance levels. People who can activate their NEAT don't gain fat when overfed, while those who don't switch on their NEAT were gaining literally 10 times more fat!
  • About 30% of a person's daily expenditure comes from NEAT. (The other portions are from basal metabolism and thermic effect of eating). Those who are active have higher percentages of NEAT. This is the factor we have control over.
  • NEAT burns more calories than exercise in most non-athletes.
  • Levine suggests that offices, schools and other public places need to be more conducive to activity. Some ideas are walking workstations and walk-and-meet tracks, where carpet tape is laid down to map out a walking route.
Certainly interesting, but if you factor in people’s poor diets, I’m skeptical about how effective “NEAT” really is. I’ll stick to my hardcore exercise routine. Stuff like this. From The Washington Post:

Pendulum



Bridges


Decline Pushups



Although, maybe there is something to NEAT, because I always park far away from stores and make sure I get up and walk at work—do you have any of your own fitness quirks?
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Llouise - April 29, 2008 6:13 PM

Hahaha! I'm sure it burns some calories, but this is the type of stuff people who won't exercise love to read!
You have to do the work!! Nothing worth it is *that* easy.

Love that pendulum thingy. Looks killer :D

bug - April 29, 2008 8:36 PM

i have noticed the better shape i am in the more i tend to fidget and move when not exercising. i wonder if people in better shape just natural move more all the time?

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