The Principle of NEAT
How are you going to spend your twenty-four hours?
The same amount of time is given to every person who then must choose how to spend it. A rapid increase in desk jobs requiring one to sit still for much of the day has led to a rise in weight gain that seems impossible for many to combat. While an hour per day at the gym is a healthy choice, when it is followed by eight hours of sitting, it does not always bring about the results one would hope.
The principle of NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) is a game-changer when it comes to better understanding your body and how calories are burned.
To understand NEAT, we must first understand a bit of the science behind it.
Each individual has a resting metabolic rate (RMR or BMR) that is basically the amount of calories your body is burning when you are still. The food one consumes has a thermic effect during digestion, which also burns calories. All other caloric shifts take place through either the consumption of food or body movement (both in exercise and in daily life)
As you begin to play the numbers game above, it is imperative to understand that weight loss or weight gain is formulaic. The amount of calories you consume in a day needs to be less than your BMR + thermic effect of food – NEAT/exercise. Our bodies are made to burn calories as energy; however, if more calories are consumed then are needed for energy, over time it will lead to weight gain.
Simple changes in your day-to-day life can increase the amount of calories you burn as you go about your daily responsibilities. Smartpods has developed an innovative solution to the negative impact a sedentary workplace has on your body. By having an adjustable workstation, you have the freedom to move throughout the workday at a low impact.