The following piece of research is brought to you by American Council on Exercise
Lifestyle Fitness ActivitiesResearchers have begun to study the role that daily spontaneous standing, walking, and fidgeting movements play in combating weight gain and obesity. From this research, scientists have defined a new component of energy expenditure called: non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) (physiological processes that produce heat). NEAT represents the energy expenditure of daily activities- all activities that are not considered planned physical activity in a person’s daily life. Researchers were looking for lifestyle physical activity clues that might explain why 10 non-exercising lean men and women varied from 10 non-exercising mildly obese men and women.
They found that the lean participants were standing and moving for 153 minutes more per day than the obese subjects. Amazingly, this extra movement by the lean subjects equaled 36.5 pound reduction of fat in one year!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a “Get Active” website (www.SmallStep.gov)