Sunday, 1 November 2015

What are NEAT exercises?

For decades, we have been told of the benefits of physical activity, and with good reason – regardless of body weight, people who exercise live longer, healthier lives than people who don’t exercise. In the past, the focus has been on performing structured sessions of moderate or vigorous exercise (e.g. 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise on a bike or treadmill). While intense physical activity has a tremendous health impact, a growing body of evidence suggests that accumulating short bouts of low-intensity physical activity throughout the day can also have substantial health benefits, which may even rival those associated with more vigorous sessions. This low-intensity physical activity is known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT. NEAT includes all those activities that render us vibrant, unique and independent beings such as dancing, going to work or school, playing the guitar, swimming or walking in the modern Mall. Some people would be skeptical about activities like gardening or mall walking and their measurable impact on health. Fortunately, the body doesn’t care whether those activities are exercise.

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