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Don't Be Still: Small Daily Movements Can Make a Big Fitness Difference

Magazine article Success

Don't Be Still: Small Daily Movements Can Make a Big Fitness Difference

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Even if you've successfully stuck with your New Year's resolution to exercise more or have stepped up your workouts in anticipation of summer, all of the barre classes, bike rides and crunches in the world won't give you license to spend the rest of your time sitting. Studies suggest too much sitting can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Fortunately, paying attention to non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT)--the energy you expend beyond purposeful exercise and resistance training activities--can be a boon to your health. According to a review published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2015, engaging more often in continuous, vital movements with postural change-seven as simple as fidgeting, standing and laughing--can potentially counter the negative effects of excessive sitting. Doing more of these simple, sustainable activities can also increase your daily calorie burn and prevent unhealthy weight gain.

Here are four ways to promote NEAT this summer and beyond:

ASSESS AND ATTACK: Using your smartphone, a fitness tracker app, or a pen and paper, assess your daily sitting time. After determining your baseline, set a realistic daily goal (e.g., to replace one hour of sitting with some simple activities). When sitting, set a timer each hour as a reminder to take a short break. To stay accountable and motivated, record your daily progress.

RISE UP: Instead of sitting, try standing while sorting mail, surfing the internet, making phone calls or reading a book. …

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