One of the biggest aspects of your metabolism that you have control over is NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). NEAT is any movement we do outside of exercise. Walking is a big one.
Increasing NEAT increases your total caloric expenditure, so from a lean out standpoint, you probably don’t want to neglect this side of things.
And believe it or not NEAT has more of an impact on your metabolism than exercise does, and is a whole lot less stressful on your body.
No need for copious amounts of cardio if NEAT is in a good place
Focusing on getting 8-10k steps a day is a good start!
Every day, but especially now with what is going on in our world and with some of you not having access to your gym, staying on top of this is probably a good idea!
Don’t let what is happening currently be an excuse for you to become complacent with exercise, movement or your health in general. Get outside and walk, or walk around your house if you need to. But just move.
Lastly, with all of this is hitting us hard mentally, walking is a great way to improve your mood and overall mental health.
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed I go for a walk. It acts as a stress reliever and helps create space in my head. Walking is very much a form of “Stillness” for me.
From increasing metabolism, improving hormones, recovery, digestion, mood, and overall well-being…
Walking more is your answer!