Maximizing Caloric Burn Beyond Your Workout: The Power of NEAT Calories

by | Jan 19, 2024 | Blog, Fitness & Wellness

In our pursuit of holistic well-being, let’s explore a crucial aspect often overlooked in the weight loss journey – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) calories. This discreet yet influential component can significantly contribute to achieving sustainable weight loss for the discerning 40-year-old woman.

What are NEAT calories?

NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It encompasses all the calories your body burns for activities that aren’t formal exercise. This includes everyday movements like walking, cleaning, fidgeting, and even standing. Essentially, NEAT calories are the energy expended in our non-workout, daily activities. By being mindful and incorporating more of these movements into your routine, you can boost your overall caloric expenditure and support your weight loss goals. It’s about making small, consistent efforts throughout the day that collectively contribute to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

🚶‍♀️ Step It Up: Daily Walks Matter for more NEAT calories

Elevate your commitment to movement by setting a goal of 10,000 steps daily. Incorporating a routine of purposeful walks not only aligns with the principles of NEAT but also provides an effective foundation for sustained metabolic engagement. Tip, increase your water intake for extra trips to the bathroom and be dually efficient in your wellness habits!

🧹 Clean and Lean: Embrace Household Chores

So, household chores – they’re not just about getting things done. Dive into your chores with a bit of extra awareness, knowing they’re adding to your NEAT calorie bank. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone – keeping your place spick and span while giving your metabolism a little extra love.

🏋️‍♀️ Pump It Up: Sneaky Desk Exercises

Who said office hours can’t be a calorie-burning party? Leg lifts, seated leg swings – get creative! Sneak in mini workouts without leaving your desk. If you are anxious or fidgety like me, that constant under-the-desk leg movement burns extra calories! Your body will thank you.

🤸‍♀️ Stretching for Success

Incorporate stretching into your routine. It not only boosts flexibility but also revs up NEAT calories. Plus, it’s an excellent stress-reducer, perfect for our busy, high-stress Wellthy Soul ladies.

🌿 Mindful Movement: Soul Work Practices

Think beyond the physical. Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises are soul-nourishing AND contribute to NEAT calories—a double win for holistic well-being. Check off your 60+ minutes per week and burn calories. 

In the end

Remember, it’s the small, consistent efforts that make a big impact. NEAT calories are like a secret weapon in your weight loss journey. So, let’s keep moving one step at a time! Want help getting closer to your weight loss goals? Connect with the Wellthy Soul Care Team HERE.