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Researcher sees future where people walk at work
Wednesday 8 June 2005, 12:47 pm
Keywords: Computer Topics
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By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
"I hate going to the gym, which may be partly why I'm so interested in this," he said, keeping up a 1 mph pace on his treadmill while checking e-mail and fielding questions from a reporter.
That speed is slow enough to avoid breaking a sweat but fast enough to burn an extra 100 calories per hour, or 1,000 a day, given his average 10-hour workdays, Levine said.
"We're talking more than 50 pounds of weight loss a year, if I were to keep my diet the same," he said.
Levine is a leading researcher of NEAT
— short for "non-exercise activity thermogenesis" — the calories people burn during everyday activities such as standing, walking or even fidgeting.
A recently published study he led showed that thin people are on their feet an average of 152 more minutes a day than couch potatoes. Levine was brainstorming ways to address that 2½-hour NEAT deficit a few months ago when he had the idea for the "ultimate office makeover."