So there was this very cool study done and published in the journal Science.

There were ten lean and ten obese volunteers for the study.  Sensors developed by NASA were placed on their body and recorded any movement that happened in half second increments.   It basically studied the amount of fidgeting, little movements these people did naturally all day long.

Bottom line:  the overweight individuals moved on average two hours less per day. They were missing out on a powerful element of weight loss– nonexercise activity.

All these little ways we move in the day, the extra set of stairs, the getting up to change the channel, the cleaning up after the kids…it all really adds up and begins to shift your internal thermogenesis.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives a list of some simple, small steps that can keep you moving all day long.

Here’s a sample:

  • Do sit ups in front of the TV or when you are on the ground playing with your kids
  • Walk during your lunch hour
  • Walk instead of driving, or park far back in the lot
  • Take a family walk after dinner
  • Walk together to your place of worship
  • Do yard work yourself
  • Clean up around the house
  • Wash your car by hand
  • Pace the sidelines at your child’s sports game
  • Pop in an exercise DVD and join for 10 minutes throughout the day
  • Dance
  • Walk briskly in the mall
  • Take the stairs
  • Walk to your co-workers desk instead of sending an email

I’m sure you can think of some others, right?  It’s encouraging that the little movements that we can start with each day really do matter.