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Non Exercise Physical Activity (NEPA)

Friday, August 19, 2011

So, you go to the gym 3 times a week and you work really hard during those few hours. There is no denying that you’re doing yourself a lot of good but, what about the other 165 hours of the week?

Many of us spend large portions of our day sat at a desk, in our cars or on the sofa watching TV and even with the best will in the world, the 3 hours or so a week we spend in the gym is not a sufficient replacement for the active lifestyle of previous generations.


Non Exercise Physical Activity (NEPA)

Examples of NEPA

Walk instead of driving – especially if journeys are less than 1 mile

Cycle instead of driving – especially if journeys are less than 4 miles

Get off the bus or train a couple of stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to work

Stand instead of sitting – standing uses far more energy

Use the stairs instead of the lift

Walk during lunch breaks instead of staying at your desk

Wash your car by hand

Water your garden by hand using a watering can instead of a garden hose

Take the dog (or the kids) for an after dinner stroll around the neighbourhood

Carry your shopping in a basket instead of using a shopping trolley

Periodically stand up and move around whilst at work – don’t get too desk bound

Move at every opportunity – stretch while sat at your desk or while watching TV

Try doing an active leisure activity like going bowling or tennis, bike riding etc instead of sitting in front of the TV.

Whatever you do, even dancing to your favourite tunes, it all adds up to keeping active.
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