As women age and enter menopause, it can feel like our bodies are betraying us. But the truth is, staying active is more important now than ever before. As a woman who is currently navigating menopause, I can attest to the benefits of incorporating N.E.A.T. activity during menopause into daily life. N.E.A.T., or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, refers to the calories burned through everyday movements like walking, standing, and fidgeting.
From a Primal perspective, N.E.A.T. activity aligns perfectly with the focus on natural movement and physical activity. Engaging in weight-bearing activities like walking or gardening can help to maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Additionally, N.E.A.T. activities help to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity, which are important for overall health and disease prevention. And let’s not forget about the mood-boosting benefits of movement – regular N.E.A.T. activities have helped to reduce my symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Incorporating N.E.A.T. activity during menopause into daily living doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the store, or doing household chores can make a big difference. Additionally, making time for structured physical activity like hiking or swimming can provide even more benefits.
But let’s be real – staying active during menopause isn’t always easy. Some days, all we want to do is curl up in a ball and binge-watch our favorite shows. And that’s okay. The key is to find ways to incorporate movement into our daily routines that feel enjoyable and sustainable.
For me, that means taking my dog for a walk every day, doing yoga in the morning, and finding small ways to move throughout the day like stretching during commercial breaks or doing squats while brushing my teeth.
In conclusion, N.E.A.T. activity during menopause is a powerful tool for supporting overall health and well-being. By prioritizing movement and finding ways to incorporate more N.E.A.T. into daily life, women can navigate this transition with vitality and energy. It’s not always easy, but the benefits are worth it. So get up, move around, and feel your body come alive.