What About the Other 23 Hours?

Make no mistake about it, there may be no better benefit to your overall health then regular, consistent exercise. Most of us spend about an hour in the gym at a time to improve our health, lose weight and get stronger. And if this is you, keep it up, you are doing great!

What a lot of us don’t think about is the other 23 hours in a day. You could be doing all of the right things in your workouts but if you go home, plop yourself on the couch and eat junk food all night, your workouts are barely keeping you neutral or you could even still be falling behind on your goals.

We have to be mindful of what we do with ourselves when we are not in the gym to get the best results for ourselves and ultimately be able to live our best lives.

Outside of the gym, your nutrition habits, activity level or NEAT, and sleep will all impact your results. In this article we will look at activity outside of the gym and how it can impact your results.

What is NEAT?

NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Basically, it is any activity outside of planned exercise. This could be walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or standing instead of sitting to name a few examples. By building these habits into your life outside of the gym you could burn up to an additional 269-477 calories per day and actually see better results, faster!

When you want to be your best, be healthy and live a long independent life, exercise should not start and stop with your hour in the gym. Build movement into your lifestyle and reap the benefits to your health and in reaching your goals quicker! Our bodies are meant to move!

Here are a few more ideas to easily build more NEAT into your everyday life:

  • Walk or bike to near by places instead of drive (Save on gas too!)
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Try a standing desk
  • Park at the back of the parking lot and walk instead of trying to find the closest parking space
  • Set a timer at work to get up and walk around the office every 30 minutes to break up sitting times
  • Do some light exercise movements or stretches during commercial breaks while watching TV
  • Take a Sunday walk instead of a Sunday drive

There is no shortage of ways to stay active. Living a healthy lifestyle is a 24-hour job. Just because you worked out today doesn’t mean you don’t have to still be active throughout the rest of the day. It doesn’t have to be hard work, you just have to be moving. The more you can integrate working out and being a little more active with daily activities outside of the gym, the better your results will be!