It’s Saturday night and it’s either time to let your hair down or chill out and why the hell not!
My view is that if you put your heart and soul into your work, your relationships and working on your goals then it’s definitely more than ok to take time to be present and have some fun!
The tricky thing is 80% of the population do the bare minimum at work – just enough to not get fired and then this mindset carries into goals and relationships. Instead of using spare time and energy to then move towards a career, hobbies or passions that inspire them instead they spend their weekends escaping their life drinking or watching tv.
So I want you to ask yourself are you warranting downtime by working hard and pursuing your goals or are you distracting yourself from a life you don’t love?
My watch is pretty cool but that’s not what I mean by NEAT. I am instead referring to Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This means your basal metabolic rate, the calories burned by the food you eat and your general day to day activity. Sometimes when looking to lose fat people focus so much on the calorie input they forget about the output. We sometimes feel like we’re super active but in reality we’re usually hugely over estimating. Steps can be a fantastic indicator of general activity and new smart watches can be a great tool to do this and track NEAT.
NEAT includes everything considered not working out. So everything from standing up drinking coffee to fidgeting at your desk. By increasing our NEAT we can increase our calorie output without making huge changes to our workouts or having to decrease our food as much – WIN WIN!
In my experience, step count is a great way to keep up activity outside of our workouts. I give my clients step count targets. This means there aren’t endless hours of cardio, maybe just totting up a morning or lunchtime stroll catching up on an audio or even social media. It makes being more active far easier and allows for more calories and who doesn’t want more food?!