Are you a NEAT banana or a Buddha-bellied pear? It doesn't matter, as it turns out. We all need to get to the gym...or just get outside and play.
One of my as-yet-unfulfilled New Year's resolutions was to exercise more. I am having difficulty finding the time (or just making myself?) get to the gym and/or complete the at-home workout I've put together more than once or twice a week. While I do have challenges (in the form of small persons who tether me to our house and generally attach themselves to me during their waking hours) I'm hoping that musing about the following random fitness tidbits might provide the catalyst I need to get up to 4-6 days/week (this is both self-flagellation and cogitation, folks).
But first, for those of you who know me IRL, some reassurance about why I want to exercise (it's not because I ever again want to hit the beach in a bikini, although I admit that I covet Linda Hamilton's Terminator 2 arms). According to a Mayo Clinic study, some unnamed people can, in fact, eat whatever they want without gaining an ounce. They automatically burn hundreds of extra calories after they overeat by stretching, changing posture, and rapidly tapping their feet on the floor. The researchers called this factor NEAT (for non-exercise activity thermogenesis). Wikipedia refers to the ever-scrawny slender body type of ectomorphs as bananas.
I belong to a small subsection of the ectomorph populace that my older brother likes to call skinny fat. I'm definitely getting older, and I can feel my metabolism slowing. It seems like I am overdue for a reality check. My taunting older bro was onto something. Is the combo of eating poorly and not working out just as deadlyas those death sticks? Actually, a lack of exercise is worse than smoking. A sedentary lifestyle will accelerate your aging process. And apparently, even if you're not overweight, you may still be fat inside in terms of chronic inflammation that's associated with health problems like heart disease and arthritis. Exercise appears to be a critical factor in making sure that thin people are healthy.
Seems like no one's off the hook. Skinny, fat, skinny fat? We all have to shake our moneymakers to stay healthy. So tell me, how do you fit in your exercise? Please say it's not all about waking up at 5....
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