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The NEAT Fit Coaching Program is now available and has been specifically written for health and fitness professionals who are looking for ways to access the 80% of the population who do not attend fitness centres or formal fitness programs, have never been successful at weight loss and generally find it very difficult to get motivated to undertake any fitness activities.

It provides the health and fitness professional with the skills to analyse a client’s daily physical activity patterns, create movement experiences that can be integrated into the client’s home, workplace, transport and leisure daily components and using Moving Minutes Tables can prescribe doses of movement that assist in the monitoring and measuring of a client’s progress.

About the Creator Dr. Paul Batman

Dr. Paul Batman has worked in health, fitness and sport for over 40 years. Originally a Physical Education teacher and then an Academic lecturing in Exercise Science at Australian Universities for over 20 years and for the last 18 years as owner and operator of two successful Registered Training Organisations (Fitness Institute Australia and Australian College) specializing in developing and delivering vocational educational courses in health, fitness and sport to thousands of fitness professionals.

Paul received his Diploma of Physical Education from Australian College of Physical Education, Diploma of Education from Hawthorn State College, BSc and MSc from the University of Oregon (USA) and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.

For over 25 years Paul has presented at international conventions in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia and conducted lectures, workshops and in house presentations in many countries throughout the world.

In 2012 Paul was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Australian Fitness Industry, inducted into the Australian College of Physical Education Hall of Fame and recognized as an Institute Scholar at the International Institute for Sport and Human Performance, University of Oregon.

Paul has written over a hundred articles on all aspects health and fitness and authored or co authored 10 books.


Who is the NEAT Fit Coaching Program suitable for?

  • Individuals 16 years and over
  • Those seeking to work in the community and service a wider sedentary population
  • All health and fitness professionals including:
  • Personal Trainers
  • Group Exercise Instructors
  • Pilates Instructors
  • Fitness Centre Managers
  • Administrative, Sales and Marketing staff
  • Program Coordinators
  • Massage Therapists
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Naturopaths
  • Osteopaths
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Dieticians
  • Nutritional Counsellors

And any other Allied Health Professionals who have an interest in Lifestyle Medicine and physical activity.

How long does the course online self-study program take to complete?

  • The online self-study course consists of 24 powerpoint presentations, lecture notes and downloadable resources
  • On average, the course will tale 40 – 60 hours to complete

Are there any prerequisites required?

  • No, anyone genuinely interested in working with this specific population

How is the program assessed?

  • You will need to complete an exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions
  • The exam is an open book exam and will be completed online
  • The passing grade is 70%

Are there any books, resources need to complete the program?

  • No, all materials will be provide online

Become a NEAT Fit Coach

The NEAT Fit Coaching program is a new and exciting certification that has never been offered before and is the first of its kind. The NEAT Fit Coaching programme is a unique 5 phase model of lifestyle medicine and physical activity coaching for you to use with your clients to enhance your current fitness offering and change your clients health status.

Our environment has changed so dramatically over the past 40 years that a single daily exercise session alone cannot overcome the unique problems of an ever growing sedentary society. The coaching programme is online so you can study it at your own pace at home or at work.

What is the NEAT Fit Coaching Program?

The NEAT Fit online self-study coaching program consists of 10 modules broken down into 24 individual units. These modules include 24 powerpoint presentations over the units with 8 hours of audio and 300 pages of downloadable evidence based written lecture and research notes in 10 module downloads and 50 multiple choice questions. You also have downloadable summary take home points for each module as a short reminder of the key points.

Why the NEAT Fit Coaching Program

The NEAT Fit program provides you with the skills to assess daily movement requirements, identify the unique problems of inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle, prescribe daily physical activity using Metabolic Equivalents (MET) and MET Minutes to monitor intensity and workloads in addition to formal fitness programs.

  • Attract new markets to promote your fitness or allied health business
  • Be more competitive in the overcrowded health and fitness market place
  • Access the rapidly growing sedentary market
  • Attract older adults and clients with special needs
  • Promote your business in the broader community
  • Improve retention rates within your existing fitness programme
  • Obtain a new evidence based qualification
  • Be part of the rapidly growing fire of Lifestyle Medicine

Key Elements of the NEAT Fit Program

  • Modules – 10 self study online modules consisting of 24 individual units
  • Presentations – 24 powerpoint presentations within the 10 modules
  • Downloadable files – over 300 pages of downloadable content
  • Assessment – 50 multiple choice questions
  • Summary Take Home Notes – downloadable module notes

What will you learn in the online self-study NEAT Fit Coaching program?

  • How the fitness industry currently addresses the problems of inactivity and sedentarism
  • Exercise resistance and exercise contamination
  • What is gravity deprivation syndrome and how it affects ageing
  • Learn how Metabolic Equivalents (METs) can be used as an accurate measure of intensity and workload
  • Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) in everyday activities and MET values of daily energy expenditure and their role in obesity management
  • The emergence of Inactivity Physiology as a legitimate discipline and how to overcome its insidious effects
  • How to use the NEAT Fit program to bring back clients who have dropped out of fitness programs, provide direction for clients who continually relapse, give an alternative to those who choose not to undertake a formal fitness program and how to create a larger funnel to attract more clients
  • The four steps in NEAT Fit programming: Stand and Stroll transitions, Global Roaming transitions, Reactivate transitions and MET Minute transitions
  • The physiology of NEAT Fit
  • Self-determination motivational strategies
  • The role of physical activity and continual low to moderate intensity all day movements in contributing to a long and healthy lifestyle that is common to the Blue Zones

NEAT Fit Module Outline and Learning Outcomes

Module 1: You Can’t Out Train a Sedentary Lifestyle: 3 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine life before the digital revolution, our changing world since 1980, the increased sedentary time that is now a major part of our lifestyle, national physical activity guidelines and the health care costs of sedentary lifestyles.

Unit 2 will examine how the fitness industry is addressing the ever increasing problem of sedentary lifestyles, how fitness programs are addressing inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, Australian fitness industry penetration rates, Australian fitness industry retention rates, Australian fitness industry participation rates, the effect of employment in the fitness industry on sedentary behaviour and the state of US fitness industry.

Unit 3 will examine the evolution of the Homo Sedentarius, the development of the inactive exerciser. Four key questions are answered about the inactive exerciser including “Can 30-60 minutes of MVPA replace prolonged sedentary time ?”, “Can 30-60 minutes of MVPA offset the problems associated with prolonged sedentary time? ”. “ If energy expenditure remains the same is MVPA as effective as reducing sedentary time by all day “multiple intermittent movements?”. “Is there a tipping point where high intensity activity can cause an auto immune response in the cells and tissues?”. The evolution of the active non exerciser, the active exerciser and the inactive non exerciser.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To show an understanding of the role of the Fitness Industry in reducing inactivity levels
  • To be able to outline the current National Guidelines on Physical Activity
  • To Identify the characteristics of the most inactive groups in society
  • To state the importance of Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) in reducing inactivity
  • To explain from the results of research on sedentary behaviour, specifically the problems associated with prolonged sitting
  • To explain the concept that too much sitting is not the same at too little formal exercise
  • To show an understanding of the differences between a non-active exerciser, an active non-exerciser, an active exerciser and a non-active non-exerciser
  • To understand the consequences of the current Australian and UK Fitness Retention report
  • To explain the results of the State of the Fitness Industry Report, and how they impact on current and future inactivity levels
  • To show an understanding of the motivational strategies currently in use by the fitness industry to increase activity levels across the population
  • To outline the costs of reduced physical activity and the cost to a national health service in treating conditions related to physical inactivity
  • To be able to identify the Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) 7 investments recommendations to globally reduce inactivity

Module 2: Science of Sedentarism: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine the intensity classification from sedentary to high intensity physical activity, characteristics of Hunter Gatherers V Sedentary Lifestyle, specific conditions that are affected by prolonged sedentary time, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular changes, increases viewing time and mortality, insulin sensitivity and telomeres.

Unit 2 will examine lipoprotein lipase, back pain, stabilizer muscles, cancer, bone mineral density, brain function, sarcopenia, mitochondrial distress, constant low-grade inflammation and the role of muscle contractions in overcoming prolonged sedentary time.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To describe the new discipline of Sedentary Physiology
  • To show an understanding of the place of inactivity on the energy expenditure continuum
  • To describe the different responses occurring at low level intensity, moderate level intensity, vigorous level of intensity and high level of intensity exercise activity
  • To show an understanding that inactivity responses cannot always be corrected by a single daily bout of moderate to vigorous exercise
  • To describe the link between inactivity and the potential consequences of deep vein thrombosis, atherosclerosis, all-cause mortality, insulin sensitivity, telomeres, lipoprotein lipase (LPL) regulation, bone density, back pain, stabilizer muscles, cancer and brain function
  • To outline the problems associated with living in confined spaces and the tensegrity of cells
  • To show an understanding of the effects of inactivity on Sarcopenia and Osteopenia
  • To describe the damaging effects of mitochondrial distress and inactivity
  • To understand the consequences of tissue inflammation, meta-flammation, adipocyte dysfunction, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction

Module 3: Physiology of NEAT: METs, Movement and Oxygen Cost: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine how the various systems of the body integrate together to provide the energy for the remake of ATP for the muscle contractions during the washing the car. Physiological responses include nervous system activation, muscle structure, sarcomere activation and muscle energy.

Unit 2 will examine circulatory system responses, respiratory system responses, VO2 and oxygen cost, METs and how to apply METs to workloads.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the mechanics of muscle contractions in NEAT activities
  • To be able to describe the role of ATP in providing the energy for muscle contractions
  • To outline the role of the circulatory and respiratory systems in transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide to the working muscle in exercise
  • To show an understanding of how oxygen cost (02) relates to muscle contractions
  • To be able to explain a Metabolic Equivalent (MET)
  • To be able to list NEAT activities and their MET values
  • To be able to compare METs for everyday NEAT activities against formal exercise activities

Module 4: Body Weight, Sedentary Behaviour and Energy Expenditure: 3 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine what we know about global obesity, what can be done to overcome the obesity problem and the relationship between obesity and metabolic health.

Unit 2 will examine the factors affecting metabolic health, recommending  a different approach to treating obesity, what is energy expenditure and is it possible to lose weight with exercise alone.

Unit 3 will examine energy imbalance, adipocyte dysfunction, oxygen consumption and energy expenditure and using METs to calculate energy expenditure.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the role of Body Mass Index in calculating overweight and obesity levels
  • To discuss if current BMI levels are a valid reflection of obesity and being overweight
  • To be able to Identify the phases of Total Daily (TDEE) Energy Expenditure
  • To describe the obesity paradox
  • To explain the impact of inactivity on weight gain
  • To show an understanding of the energy expenditure required for long-term weight loss
  • To be able to discuss whether it is possible to be “healthy at any weight”
  • To be able to calculate the amount of exercise required to lose substantial bodyweight
  • To describe the relationship between Metabolic Equivalents (METs) and energy expenditure
  • To discuss the impact of Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) in  everyday activities and their MET values on daily energy expenditure
  • To be able to calculate energy expenditure from MET values
  • To be able to use ACSM calculations for walking, running, leg cycling, arm cycling and stepping to calculate energy expenditure
  • To evaluate case studies using ACSM energy expenditure calculations 

Module 5: Space Travel, Bed Rest, Inactivity and Sedentary Lifestyle: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine the similarities between space flight and aging, skeletal bone changes, muscle changes and neural changes.

Unit 2 will examine metabolic changes, cardiovascular changes, pulmonary changes, transitional responses from sitting to standing to walking, the 9 basic movements that our bodies were designed to perform and low intensity moderate intensity transitions (L.I.M.I.I.T.).

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To show an understanding of Gravity Deprivation Syndrome that is common to all NEAT conditions
  • To be able to identify the physiological changes that occur with aging, sedentary lifestyle and prolonged bed rest
  • To describe how gravity helps maintains balance and coordination
  • To describe how gravity affects the physiology of maintaining health
  • To describe the effect of space fight on the body and how it mimics inactivity
  • To develop a plan to integrate more gravity back into everyday lives
  • To show an understanding of posture and its effect on muscle energy use and energy output.
  • To outline the importance of continual changes in posture to NEAT

Module 6: Motivating Sedentary Populations: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine the factors to consider in motivating sedentary groups and identifies  high risk sedentary groups.

Unit 2 will examine what we know about sedentary behaviour, how to change behaviour of sedentary groups and how to spreads the word of physical activity in sedentary groups.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To be able to identify the main characteristics of the three high risk sedentary groups (aged, obese and metabolic syndrome)
  • To be able to identify the factors to be considered when motivating sedentary groups
  • To recognise the key characteristics of sedentary behaviour
  • To be able to identify the unique strategies required to motivate sedentary groups to sustain long term physical activities

Module 7: Live Long, Live Healthy: 3 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine our family history of where we came from and what we once were.

Unit 2 will examine the Blue Zones including Ikaria, Loma Linda, Nicoya, Okinawa, Sardinia and the common characteristics of all the Blue Zones.

Unit 3 will examine the optimal dose of movement for the best results across a number of chronic conditions, the tipping point of physical activity and the NEAT Fit model.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To be able to explain the concept that our genes dictate our longevity and quality of life
  • To be able state the outcomes of the landmark Danish Twins study determining the role of genes and environment on longevity
  • To be able to Identify the Blue Zones of the world where people live the longest and healthiest
  • To be able to describe the characteristics of the longest living people in Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California), Nicoya (Costa Rica) and Icaria (Greece)
  • To state the reasons why inactivity and constant low to moderate all day movement contribute to a long and healthy life that is common to all Blue Zones
  • To be able to Identify the life radius of physical activity
  • To be able to undertake research on creating a lifestyle inclusive of physical activity
  • To devise a plan that will establish active homes, active work environments, active transportation and active leisure time

Module 8: NEAT Fit Conversion Program: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine Layer 1: Sit, stand stroll transitions and the research that supports it and the  requirements to become a “Stand Out”.

Unit 2 will examine Layer 2: 10,000 intermittent transition steps and the research that supports it as well as the requirements for becoming a global roamer.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To describe how being sedentary or inactive is different from not exercising
  • To understand the significant physiological responses that occur from sitting to standing to walking transitions
  • To understand the major problems associated with prolonged sitting
  • To recognise the importance of breaking up sitting periods so that you are not stationary for more than 30 minutes
  • To promote the importance of 10,000 steps performed over the 16 hours waking day
  • To understand the importance of 10,000 steps in energy expenditure and general health
  • To develop a programme for Phase 1 of the NEAT Fit program based on Stand and Stroll Transitions and the Global Roaming Transitions
  • To develop a programme that combines all NEAT Fit steps to produce a lifestyle physical activity program based on L.I.M.I.I.T. (Low Intensity Moderate Intensity Intermittent Transitions)

Module 9: NEAT Fit Activate Program: 3 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine the NEAT Fit Activator Program and the research that supports it as well how to create an active home and perform a NEAT Fit Home makeover.

Unit 2 will examine the NEAT Fit Activator Program and the research that supports it as a well as creating an active workplace and perform a NEAT Fit Workplace makeover.

Unit 3 will examine the NEAT Fit Activator Program and the research that supports it as a well as creating an active transport and Leisure time and perform a NEAT Fit Active Transport/Leisure makeover.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To be able to identify inactive periods in the home and substitute with active alternatives
  • To be able to identify inactive periods in the workplace and replace with active alternatives
  • To be able to identify inactive periods of transportation and replace with active alternatives
  • To review the research that supports a lifestyle inclusive of physical activity in the home, during transportation, at work and during leisure time based on L.I.M.I.I.T.

Module 10: NEAT Fit MET Minutes Program: 2 Lectures

Unit 1 will examine the foundations of the NEAT Fit Met Minute program, the 5 steps in MET Minute Programming, NEAT Fit MET Minute Table, NEAT Fit MET Hour Table, MET Minute Daily Tally Sheets, Weekly MET Minute Tally Table and Energy Expenditure MET Minutes Table and Calculating Energy Expenditure from METs.

Unit 2 will examine NEAT Fit MET Minute case studies, NEAT Fit MET Minute Leisure time fitness programming and NEAT Fit MET Minute programming for recreational activities and how NEAT Fit could be the answer to get people moving by initially focussing on reducing sedentary time rather than on starting a formal fitness program

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • To study the 5 steps in MET Minutes programming
  • To understand the importance of Metabolic Equivalents  (METs) in quantifying workloads
  • To develop a quantitative program based on MET Minutes to monitor and evaluate the NEAT Fit program in the home, at work, during transport and during leisure time
  • To be able to calculate energy expenditure based on the MET Minutes accumulated over the day
  • To understand the changing MET Minute requirements to combat the main chronic conditions associated with higher mortality rates
  • To be able to understand and review the MET Minute case studies
  • To apply the MET Minute programming to improve fitness levels and to train for recreational activities


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