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Eliana
02-26-2010, 01:06 PM
Someone posted something about "NEAT" yesterday. I remember some of it stood for (non-exercise something something). :D Sorry! It caught my eye but that's all I remember!

Anyway...it got me out of my chair at work. I propped a Xerox box lid up over my filing cabinet drawer, second one down from the top. That's a good height for me. I put my laptop on it and it works! I have noticed great benefits. I fidget more and I find myself more willing to make quick trips across the office I'd otherwise put off. When I'm thinking I tend to pace. I can do squats or whatever. My mind is more alert and I was pretty tired at the start of my day.

Any thoughts on this of any kind? Other ideas and ways to make it work? Have you thought about doing this or maybe you've done it yourself?

The idea is that we weren't made for sitting and that we burn more calories by standing. I'm NOT considering replacing exercise with this, but it seems to me that every bit counts. It bothers me that I work out intensely for an hour in the morning and then I'm inactive the rest of the day.


grrrkgrrrl
02-26-2010, 01:26 PM
I "forget things" upstairs so i will have to climb the stairs more often to go and get them. it's a bit masochistic (?) but it keeps me moving!

hehe

Mariella
02-26-2010, 01:31 PM
I used to bring my laptop in the kitchen in the morning and stand at my breakfast bar to check email etc while I was having coffee. I should start that again.

I bought one of these small pedal exerciser machines to put under my desk while I'm working, and I use it various times during the day while working to get a little movement in.

http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Health-Fitness-Mini-Cycle/dp/B0016BQFV0/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1267205466&sr=8-9


possiblesuccess
02-26-2010, 02:38 PM
I work in a fast food restaurant, so I'm on my feet for about 4 hours everyday (or 5 days a week depending on my schedule week to week). I usually work in hte lobby, so I'm wiping down tables, sweeping, taking food out to customers, and stocking ice machinces and things like that. Even working in the drive thri window is pretty much the same thing, running orders, stocking things, and bagging orders. The only differences are that I dont have to wipe down the tables and there is no sweepign invloved, unless we are really slow and the other people are doing prep work or something. Any thoughts on increasing this activity. I'm fairly certain that I would get some weird looks if I started doing squats or lunges in the middle of the kitchen...I mightt have to try that today when I go in for my shift. lol

Eliana
02-26-2010, 02:41 PM
Possiblesuccess, it souns to me like your job is already great for moving more. No need to change a thing, in my opinion! And you're doing bootcamp too, right? Heck, keep doing what you're doing!

cherbear
02-26-2010, 02:50 PM
Eliana, I missed the post yesterday, what did you do to your computer and xerox lids to make you fidget more?

Eliana
02-26-2010, 02:53 PM
Eliana, I missed the post yesterday, what did you do to your computer and xerox lids to make you fidget more?

:rofl: I pulled out my second to top drawer of my filing cabinet, stuck a Xerox box lid on top of it and set my computer there so I can stand instead of sit. The top of filing cabinet is too tall for me. Basically I just wanted to stand at my computer instead of sitting. ;)

HotWings
02-26-2010, 02:54 PM
Eliana, I thought about that post, too! I am a stay-at-home mom and I do a lot of computing in the afternoon. So I have set up my husband's laptop stand and adjusted it as tall as it would go. It is the perfect height for me to stand and compute. From now on, if I want to compute in the afternoon, I am going to make myself do it standing!

I also want to get something similar to this to use while watching TV:

http://www.amazon.com/Stamina-55-1610-InMotion-Elliptical-Trainer/dp/B000VICRO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1267210421&sr=8-1

I wear a GoWear Fit and I'm going to see how many more calories I burn today just by standing up to use the computer.

Mariella
02-26-2010, 04:04 PM
There's of course the old reliable - when you drive to a mall or any other place with a parking lot - park as far as possible from the entrance and walk across the lot to your destination.

Choose the stairs instead of an elevator or an escalator.

WarMaiden
02-26-2010, 05:16 PM
That was me that posted about Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT). I stand at my desk to work, about 4 to 7 hours per workday. I haven't really converted over to doing this at home, but I keep thinking about it, and I do it a couple hours per weekend day--but I could do it a lot more.

Yes, I find that when I am already standing, I am much more likely to go check in with a coworker across the way or do some other physical errand in the office. I also put headphones on and listen to streaming music, generally something that will get me moving. I have no doubt, with all of this, that I am burning far more calories than if I were just sitting around on my butt.

NEAT probably helps me burn off an extra 200 to 400 calories per day, depending what I do. It's about 50 extra calories per hour of standing, based on what the activity calculators show me and what the Mayo Clinic studies showed.

LizR
02-26-2010, 06:04 PM
There's of course the old reliable - when you drive to a mall or any other place with a parking lot - park as far as possible from the entrance and walk across the lot to your destination.

I started parking farther away a month ago but earlier this week I got mugged coming out of the grocery store in the middle of the day. :( Pretty sure I was targeted because I was too isolated. Also because I was carrying my son in a baby carrier and he knew I couldn't run away. So everyone please be careful where you park!

Mariella
02-26-2010, 07:16 PM
Oh, gosh, so sorry to hear that! Stay safe!

I started parking farther away a month ago but earlier this week I got mugged coming out of the grocery store in the middle of the day. :( Pretty sure I was targeted because I was too isolated. Also because I was carrying my son in a baby carrier and he knew I couldn't run away. So everyone please be careful where you park!

Hyacinth
02-27-2010, 11:14 AM
I work from home a few days a week, and I walk on my treadmill when I take my conference calls (if I don't have to be near my computer). It's not a cardio walk, but it's movement. I'd love to find a way to prop up my laptop on the treadmill.

LizR
02-27-2010, 12:31 PM
Hope your kid is fine though.

Everyone is fine, Thanks.

Eliana
02-27-2010, 02:05 PM
That was me that posted about Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT). I stand at my desk to work, about 4 to 7 hours per workday. I haven't really converted over to doing this at home, but I keep thinking about it, and I do it a couple hours per weekend day--but I could do it a lot more.

Yes, I find that when I am already standing, I am much more likely to go check in with a coworker across the way or do some other physical errand in the office. I also put headphones on and listen to streaming music, generally something that will get me moving. I have no doubt, with all of this, that I am burning far more calories than if I were just sitting around on my butt.

NEAT probably helps me burn off an extra 200 to 400 calories per day, depending what I do. It's about 50 extra calories per hour of standing, based on what the activity calculators show me and what the Mayo Clinic studies showed.
Yes, it was you! :D I loved that post. It inspired me, obviously. And my rear end doesn't hurt at the end of the day now.

I got to go see "Wicked" last night, and boy was I wishing we had the option to stand through it!

gloo
02-28-2010, 01:28 PM
As far as incorporating more movement into my day goes, I'm doing a lot more getting up off my butt, walking to see co-workers when I need to have a conversation rather than phoning or IMing these days. Besides the additional walking itself, I realized that mentally it's good for me to get away from my desk where I'm inclined to sit all day usually (even through lunch), especially when I'm busy.

Mariella
02-28-2010, 10:00 PM
Here's another thing I do sometimes - if I go to Target or the supermarket and I'm not pressed for time, I do a couple of laps around the perimeter of the store (inside) before I start shopping. Sort of a mini mall-walk.

PeanutsMom704
02-28-2010, 10:59 PM
I never used to wear a pedometer, so having that feature on the Gowear Fit has been helpful for me, I definitely look for opportunities to log some extra steps!!

One thing I came up with is to stop using a laundry basket to do laundry. My house is all one level so I'm not running stuff up and down stairs, but I'll carry an armful and then go back and get a second one, etc. And then when it's dry, I do the same thing - make several trips to get it all and put it on my bed and fold it all. It's not a lot of steps, but it adds a few hundred more than just carrying one basket one time. I figure every little bit of movement helps!

eratosthanes
02-28-2010, 11:19 PM
Lol, I don't work and my apt. is one room, so I NEVER have a chance to add steps. I could arrange the computer where I am standing instead of sitting, but the reason I don't have a job and am on disability is because I can't stand for more than an hour or two. I can walk for hours, though, so I have started walking to all of my appointments that are down-town. That adds about 4-6 miles to my exercise for the week, so at least that is something!

19Deltawifey
03-01-2010, 12:05 AM
Wow this is a interesting post. I was reading about NEAT also a couple of days ago and I have decided to get a stand up computer desk. The one that I plan on getting is adjustable so I can sit down or stand if I want with the flip of a lever. Since I have a bodybugg I can see that simple things like cleaning the house do add up and going for a short 20 minute walk helps me burn a good amount of calories. Also I noticed that when Im on the computer if I stand up I have the energy to do other task. Usually if Im sitting at the computer I tend to just want to stay there since Im sitting but once I stand while on the computer its not hard to go do other task around the house. Plus its easier to think and have more energy while standing instead of sitting at the computer.

JulieJ08
03-01-2010, 12:37 AM
It's funny, but when I stand while I'm working, my mental focus is so much better. I have a lot less of those "Ugh, I'm tired and bored and don't wanna do this" moments.

FitGirlyGirl
03-01-2010, 04:31 AM
I often step/march in place while I am watching a movie or t.v. show, cooking dinner, folding laundry, waiting in check-out lines, etc.

WildThings
03-01-2010, 01:03 PM
I sit all day at work so I've added in a few things to get me moving durning the day. In October. I changed my parking from a parking structure attatched to my building to one over .25 miles from my building. Not only did it save me $75 a month, but it's 6-7 minutes of walking. On my breaks, I spend 5 minutes walking the steps in my building, on my hour lunch, I walk outside (last year I had this up to a great mid-day workout). I walk around my office anytime I have a chance. I used to work in daycare. Losing weight was much easier because with 8 toddlers, there was no sitting down ever. I really miss that amount of movement durning the day.