Experts say that well-rounded fitness includes five types of movement: endurance, strength, balance, flexibility, and NEAT, which is how much moving around you do throughout the day. While everyone has a variable NEAT value, most people only do one type of exercise. See how you rate and what you can do to improve.
The artist formerly known as aerobics are exercises that up your heart and respiratory rates and make your cardiovascular system stronger. Also good for circulation (goodbye, cold toes!), endurance workouts reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. To change up your cardio, try Zumba or join your kids with a jump rope and hula hoop.
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis has a big effect on metabolism. NEAT is how much you move—basically everything that isn’t sleeping, eating, or outright exercise. Doing laundry, mowing the lawn, pacing while on the phone, and even fidgeting definitely count. It’s easy to make moving around part of your fitness plan.
If your daily step count is too low and your workouts are becoming less than routine, you can use these tips to jump start (see what we did there?) a new set of healthy habits. They are a few more ways for you to make your health possible.