Walk With A Purpose

We started a 28 day step challenge recently to help encourage more of our members and wider community to move as much as possible outside of their workouts.

The goal here was simple:

To increase everybody's NEAT levels to help them with their overall physical activity and health & fitness goals.

Once we posted the challenge we got some more questions around NEAT so we decided to put together a short blog post to give you some more information on why it's so important.

NEAT actually stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis and can play a major role in your ability to “burn calories” and stay lean with a lot less effort.

Want to know more?

Ok, stick with me while we get a bit nerdy for a minute - I'll keep it brief I promise!

We all have a "Resting Metabolic Rate" (RMR) which is essentially how much energy (calories) we burn without any physical activity whatsoever i.e lying still on the couch all day! This accounts for anywhere up to 60% of your overall daily energy expenditure.

Also, believe it or not, absorbing and digesting food burns calories too and can account for anywhere from 10-15% of your overall energy expenditure. This is called the "Thermic Effect of Food" or TEF for short.

These two added together (RMR & TEF), plus something called "Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis" (NEAT) result in your overall daily energy expenditure.