NEAT Improvement Strategies to Improve Weight Loss
google bus stop exercises ... and if you don't find yourself in transit or waiting in lines so often, apply them to geting through tv commercials; when you check the washing machine or drier and there is still a bit of time to go; waiting for the microwave to ping or the kettle to boil etc.2
When I have a stack of papers to scan, I don't just sit and scan. I put a paper on the scanner, hit the "start" button, then walk to the kitchen and back. I do this for each sheet of paper. It's way too easy to sit at the computer for hours on end, so this is a good way for me to get a tiny bit more activity, a few more steps.
I was about to drill a bunch of holes in a fresh oak log to insert some dowels that have been inoculated with shiitake spawn. A NEAT way to do it would be to leave the electric drill alone and go get the hand-powered drill out of my raft repair kit and use that.
I probably won't actually do that, but I thought about it. Too many holes in too dense wood and they need to be nice and neat holes. Maybe I'll do a few though.
Mostly just thought this little chat could use a bump.6
I do love my 55 inch smart t.v. I bought for my bedroom. After a week of being mesmerized by its glory. I saw it for what it is.. a giant piece of cheesecake. So, I've given up most of my t.v. watching and limited watching to an hour at nighttime ... So, during the bulk of my day; the only choice is to do other things and move.
I went out to buy a few things for my upcoming raft trip at a discount store and return an item I bought a few weeks ago. There's a grocery store a couple blocks away that I wanted to stop in. Rather than driving the two blocks, I just walked there and back. Easy peasy.4
I drink a lot of liquids so I need the toilet a LOT! I spent a day at home the other week and my Fitbit said that I had done 5000 steps - my flat is tiny 😂
I recommend trips to the toilet all day long!6
I don't know why it took me so long to realize it, but I've figured out that I can do a standing hamstring kick variation (bent knee to create some quad stretch) while washing dishes.
I find it helpful to use some routine activity as a trigger/cue to do something like this - more likely to happen.
I like finding mini-exercises I can do while doing something else (no extra time) that help with some general physical improvement goal, even if in a tiny way. My quads are tight and too dominant, so this seems like an example of that.
Other parts of current habits, now well established:
* Low squat holds while waiting for the microwave - I'm trying to get the flexibility to do that "sitting squat" thing that is common in less chair-oriented places; my weak points are ankle flexibility, hip mobility, and (kind of weirdly to me) tight low back in the sacrum region.
* Side leg raises while running my hand-held coffee grinder. I need to pulse the button, so I count that and count the leg raises. Helps with balance, and grip strength (holding the grinder in just one hand besides the leg/hip muscles. I usually have to move the grinder around in the air now to create some extra balance challenge.
Yup, in total probably burns about 6 extra calories per century, but more movement is a good habit, and I do see gradual improvements in the physical capabilities being worked on, over time.
Also bumping the thread.5
Thanks for this thread.
If I find I can't move around much (e.g stuck in a never-ending meeting), I engage my core and pelvic floor muscles. I also try to work on my posture when I am sitting for long periods of time.4
NewGrl64 Posts: 107 MemberWhenever I use the microwave, I do counter push ups until whatever I'm warming up is done.
I tried doing triceps dips, but ouch!6
My ways I increase neat.
While putting away laundry, I set it all on my bed and put away one article at a time. So putting away 30 pieces means starting and stopping 30 times.
Park further away from stores.
I constantly walk around cleaning gym and at home.
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I brought a dog. Has added 16k steps a day and a shed load of money in vet bills. However, probably cheaper than a personal trainer and keeps me much more accountable to get out walking for 2 hours a day.3
refactored wrote: »Thanks for this thread.
If I find I can't move around much (e.g stuck in a never-ending meeting), I engage my core and pelvic floor muscles. I also try to work on my posture when I am sitting for long periods of time.
I do leg lifts under the table. As long as it's big enough that I'm not kicking the person across from me.3
I brought a dog. Has added 16k steps a day and a shed load of money in vet bills. However, probably cheaper than a personal trainer and keeps me much more accountable to get out walking for 2 hours a day.
IME the best way to force yourself into a daily habit of a good walk is to buy a dog.
Its too cold, too tired, dont feel like it today - excuses that might work on yourself but dont cut it with your dog.
I live in a condo on the sixth floor. I 'force' myself to use the stairs every time, except if I have a lot of heavy/multiple bags. However, when I have just a couple of bags I will use them like weights as I walk up the stairs.
If I have recycling or compost stuff I will walk every floor (using the stairs) to get to the basement.
Stairs are great especially when it's freezing out and don't want to venture outside and/or the gym.5
On zoom calls where I can get away with it, I shut off my camera, stand up, and do Tai chi. Oh, and now I have PT exercises for my wrist that I am doing during meetings as well.2
You'll do everyone a favor if you leave the camera on and people realize that they all want to end the meeting SOONER rather than later.5
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