Thursday, February 26, 2009

Integrating NEAT Into Everyday Life

This week we are looking at ways to integrate NEAT into you everyday activities. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Do carry a shopping basket when you are grocery shopping, Do Not push a shopping cart.
  • Do get out of your car and walk to banks, shops and restaurant , Do Not use the drive through windows at the banks or restaurants.
  • Do walk or ride your bike whenever possible, Do Not always get in the car.
  • Do walk your dog, you can burn 200 calories an hour or 300 calories an hour if you run with your dog, Do Not hire a dog walker.
  • Do park in a central spot when going shopping and walk to the individual shops, Do Not drive to each separate shop, this way you save gas and get more exercise.
  • Do walk or cycle with your children to school and activities, Do Not just jump in the minivan.

All of these a simply listed as suggested ways to increase you daily movements and thereby increase you calories expenditure. We already do some of the them ourselves, and are waiting for warmer weather so that we can begin to try out many of the others. It is kind of fun to go through the list and see how many your are already doing and how many you could easily implement into your everyday life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NEAT Exercise Ideas For The Workplace

We are continuing our series on ways to implement NEAT movements into your daily tasks and thereby increase the amount of calories burned. Although you may not be able or wish to implement all of the suggestions even implementing one or two will increase your mobility and amount of calories that you burn in a day. The following things are ideas that can be implemented in the office at work.

  • Do sit on an exercise ball as it improves your posture and strengthens your core muscles and relieves back pain. Some office have actually replaced the chairs with treadmills, called a Walkstation! Wow, that would be great, we will have to put that one on our wish list! Do Not sit on a chair!

  • Do walk to your colleagues offices as a brisk walk while carrying paperwork as this will burn 60 calories in 15 minutes. Do not call, e-mail or inter-office mail.

  • Do whenever possible leave the office at lunch and meet a friend for a walk or a picnic. A leisurely walk can burn 100 calories. Do Not eat lunch at your desk.

  • Do take the stairs as you burn 12 calories per minute. Do Not take the elevator or escalator.

  • Do stand up and walk around while talking on the phone. Do Not just sit in your chair the whole time you are on the phone.

  • Do host an office party at a bowling alley or driving range. Do Not have cake and coffee in a restaurant or the conference room.

  • Do have walking meetings walking around the block or in a park as you can burn 150 calories if you are walking at 1 mph. Do Not hold a meeting in a conference room with everyone seated at a conference table.

  • Do set an egg time or alarm clock for 15 to 30 minutes intervals so that you get up and move and stretch every time it goes off. Do Not just sit for hours on end at a keyboard! Boy, this is a tough one to implement, but we are trying!

  • Do wear headphone or an ipod, if possible and it will keep you moving even if it is only tapping your toes. Do Not put on music that will make you drop off to sleep, put on something lively!

  • Do keep a comfortable pair of shoes handy so that you can easily go for a walk at lunch or on your break time, also it is a great idea to attach a pedometer to yourself and strive for 10,000 steps per day! Do Not remain sedentary all day!

We are aiming to implement as many of these relatively simple ideas into our daily routine as possible. We are starting our with the timer idea about getting up and moving around at 20 minute intervals. We also take the stairs numerous times a day since our office in the lower level, so we have to take the stairs (12 of them) up and down in order to get to our kitchen and living room. When the weather permits, which has not been too frequently the past couple of months, we do go for a walk after dinner. I think the next one we need to start to work on is getting up and walking around while on the phone! We hope this gives you some ideas for adding NEAT into your daily work routine.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NEAT Exercise Ideas

I recently have read several articles on a new take on how to integrate exercise into your daily routine and increase your calorie use without going to the gym. You can do so through what is called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT! Some of the changes in routine that can be made at home are :
  • 1. Hang up your laundry to dry, instead of throwing it in the dryer.
  • 2. Wash your dishes by hand (50 calories burned in 30 minutes), instead of putting them in the dishwasher.
  • 3. Shovel snow from your sidewalk or driveway (350 calories in 60 minutes), instead of hiring someone to use a snowplow or snow blower.
  • 4. Cook meals at home from scratch (100 calories in 60 minutes), instead of going out or using microwave.
  • 5. Invite friends over for dinner or a game night instead of just sitting watching TV all night.
  • 6. Limit your time answering e mails and surfing the net, instead of sitting silently in front of the screen for hours on end.

Next week we will post more great ideas as to how you can integrate NEAT into your work and also into the rest of your life. We already do some of these things but are trying to implement as many new ones as possible hope you will try them too!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Origins of Valentine's Day

It is thought that Valentine's Day probably derives it's origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia, an ode to the God of Fertility, which was celebrated on Februrary 15th. Their calendar was different at that time, with February falling in the early springtime. One of the customs of the young people was "namedrawing". On the the eve of the Lupercalia Festival the name of Roman girls were written on slip of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a slip. The girl whose name was chosen was to be his sweetheart for the year.

Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine's Day after a priest named Valentine. The Emperor at the time, Claudius II, ordered his Roman soldiers NOT marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death. Before execution, Valentine himself had fallen in love with his jailer's daughter. His final note to her was , "From Your Valentine",a phrase that has lasted through the centuries.

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