E=MC2 shifted the entire rationale of existence of this universe and the human body is no exception to Einstein’s epic discovery. Whether it is by running or strength training or sports exercise or doing nothing at all, we retain, lose or gain mass depending upon the how we use our energy. Mass sounds too Eintein-ish so let’s call it body weight. And I can see this article getting more attention now!
Homo sapiens are meant for movement. But our energy expenditure is not solely dependent upon how hard we train at the gym or how much salad we gobble down. We burn about 1.5 calories per minute just lying still while our body is busy performing basic functions. Apart from sleeping, exercising and eating (which are considered as the major calorie-burning activities of the day), every other activity in between expends energy too. And this energy has a name: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT. Even trivial daily activities increase your basal metabolic rate substantially have a positive and constructive impact on your daily NEAT.
Good things come in small packages
Working intelligently to leverage small efforts adds to up to big rewards. There is absolutely no excuse for not exercising, but if circumstances demand you to sacrifice your work-out, atleast work-around! There are plenty of little ways you can keep your muscles moving, active and burning calories.
Are you the unfortunate couch potato syndrome patient?
The easiest thing to ever do is to do nothing at all. And it burns nothing at all. Loving your couch with a platter of chips and cola infront of your home theatre can get your NEAT score plummeting in no time. Loving your body can be a better deal incase you don’t want to succumb to the epidemic of obesity. It eventually boils down to the straight fact that ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ Simple everyday activities like the ones mentioned and so many more, keep your muscles in action, up your metabolism, keep them sustained and add to the treasure of your NEAT score. But this doesn’t give you the leverage to completely shun exercises. With good training, good food and substantial NETA you can gift yourself a strong, healthy and beautiful body.