Updated: Nov 14, 2020
What is NEAT?
NEAT is the technical term for how many calories burn outside of the gym. Part of your NEAT is voluntary and largely determined by your occupation and how you choose to spend your leisure time. There is also an involuntary component beyond your conscious control that you generate from maintaining your posture and small body movements known as fidgeting.
The diagram above shows the calories you can burn from several different activities.
How Active Are You?
A simple test to evaluate your NEAT levels is to use your mobile phone to track how many steps you take during a typical day.
SEDENTARY - <5,000 Steps per day
LIGHTLY ACTIVE - 5,000 - 9,999 Steps per day
ACTIVE - 10,000 - 12,500 Steps per day
HIGHLY ACTIVE - >12,500 Steps per day
If you currently take less than 10,000 Steps, You will benefit from making changes to your routine and becoming more active.