Going to the gym, running, and other ‘intentional’ workout routines aren’t the only ways to burn calories. Incorporating more NEAT activities into your day, also known as NON-EXERCISE ACTIVITIES, can also help.


  • Recent studies have shown that lean people fidget for about 150 minutes a day more than obese people do.
  • Non-exercise activities (tapping feet and fingers, twirling hair, pacing while speaking, etc.) can burn 350 calories a day, which translates into 10-30 pounds a year!
  • It’s called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which is basically any movement that isn’t intended as exercise. You can burn an extra 100-150 calories an hour by increasing NEAT.


Among the most effective NEAT exercises, is PACING, whenever it’s feasible to do so:

For example, if you’re talking on the phone, try pacing instead of sitting. You can burn 90 more calories an hour pacing than if you just talk while sitting still.

Or if you use public transportation and are waiting for the train, try pacing up and down the platform.

Invariably these low-grade activities don’t get close to the calorie burn that comes with a three-mile run or an hour spent in the gym, but every bit helps!

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