At Fitneff we are proud of the solutions we sell that are NEAT Certified. This is a stamp of approval that the product has proven health benefits to counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
NEAT is the acronym for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This is a description of the energy spent on everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. In other words, it is the energy expended for everyday activities like walking, standing, doing chores and even fidgeting.
Even small activities will increase a person’s metabolic rate and result in NEAT. Eating is also a factor in NEAT and may play an important role in how we maintain our body weight and/or develop obesity or lose weight. Hypothalamic factors that are responsible for regulation of certain metabolic processes also affect NEAT.
Unfortunately, our modern world of technology has created a sedentary lifestyle of sitting behind monitors all day and TV screens in the evenings. Video games and social media have replaced time that used to be spent playing or doing physical activity. Cultures with fewer electronics and a more physical lifestyle promote NEAT.
Dr. James Lavine is the pioneer of NEAT studies and coined the term “sitting is the new smoking.” Dr. Lavine dedicated his scientific career to promoting health in adults and children through education and innovation. As a world leader at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Dr. Levine's laboratory has had a direct influence on the health of 2 to 3 million people through programs and technology development. His team developed the science behind NEAT and the heavily researched the dangers connected to a sedentary lifestyle, with results published in journals such as Science and Nature. His work has impacted society as a whole and has brought widespread policy changes in the workplace.
NEAT Certification is trademarked by Mayo Clinic. For a product to obtain a NEAT Certification, it requires an “Institutional Review Board (IRB) study with more than 20 participants that results in at least a 10 percent increase in calorie burn versus a baseline.”
NEAT certified products help promote a number of health benefits, including lower risk of cardiovascular disease, extra calories burned and an increase in your daily productivity. The movement will increase blood circulation and cause an overall metabolic rate increase that will increase both productivities and focus on any activity.
Your body was not made to sit all day, so it is only natural to find ways to move, and NEAT Certified products will help you do just that.
Fitneff is proud to sell several products that are NEAT Certified including:
NEAT Certification has become an industry standard that is recognized for more than just the rigorous testing that a product goes through; it symbolizes companies that are committed to improving people’s health by integrating movement into everyday life.
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