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As advancements in modern technology continue to streamline the most menial and mundane tasks, we seem to be spending more and more time sat down, slumped in chairs as domestic appliances and gadgets take over our home and work based duties. We’re not advocating a return to Dickensian times here but, throw in dietary changes too it’s no wonder 64% of the UK population is now classed as obese! Imagine life in the UK perhaps 50 or 60 years ago; washing clothes was done by hand, the tertiary office based revolution was still second fiddle to manual labour and manufacturing jobs and a trip to the shops was more than likely to be on foot and, heaven forbid….we had to carry the shopping home by hand!

Housewife in the 1950s

Now these tasks may seem like hard work (and they were) but if we take into consideration how much energy we used up by carrying out these ‘terrible’ tasks then it’s no surprise to discover that only 1% of the UK was classed as obese in 1950 by today’s standards. In the UK, by 1960 the average male weighed 10.2 stone (65kg) and the average woman 8.7 stone (55kg). Fast forward to 2014 and the same measures are 13.2 stone (83.6kg) and 11.1 stone (70.2kg) respectively.

Whilst attending a personal training session with my team here at M20 is clearly the best way to get in shape and fight the fat (and yes I’m bias!), there are very simple things you can do in your everyday life to help beat the bulge.Introducing the concept of NEAT calories, a very smart way of burning up to 300 to 400 calories per day. N.E.A.T. stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis and is credited to Dr. James Levine is credited for his research and findings on NEAT. Basically, Levine suggests that it’s possible to burn more calories than you think by being naturally active. It’s actually quite simple. Here are a 5 tips to build in this subtle form of exercise into your daily routine:

1. Walk to the shops, don’t drive. Rather than put your shopping in the boot, take a backpack!

2. Watching a T.V program that you can’t miss? Stand up and iron at the same time. Standing up burns 3 times the calories when compared with sitting.

3. Try not to eat your lunch at your desk, even if you bring a packed lunch, head to a local park and get the heart going.

4. Spread the good word about NEAT calories in the office and ask colleagues to conduct meetings stood up (you’ll be amazed how much quicker and more efficient they are)

Stand Up Meetings Burn Calories

4. Hoover and dust like you mean it! You will feel better via the exercise itself but also because you’ll be living in a cleaner, tidier environment.

Cleaning burns calories

5. Offer to babysit for friends or family with young children, they’ll put you through your paces and you wont even realise it  (or may be you will!)

There’s little chance you’ll have a 6 pack or lose 4 stone in weight just by living a ‘NEAT-er’ lifestyle but it will definitely help. Sometimes you have to look at getting fit and shaping up from a very holistic perspective, in essence, how you live your life in terms of diet, exercise, daily activities, stress management and that all important work-life balance.

We’ve been helping our clients meet their personal training goals for decades and we understand the importance of tailoring training packages to individual needs. So, if you need help with diet and lose a few pounds or you’d like to know how to prepare for a full marathon, then get in touch today...

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