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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,557
4/14/13 7:55 P

That should have been accounted for when you set up your goals page. I would take a look at your settings, for example, it sound like you should active checked instead of sedentary on lifestyle.

JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,411
4/14/13 4:13 P

I agree with the first poster-- don't count any of your regular movement and walking up/down stairs as exercise. I'd only count actual exercise, like biking, going to the gym, or taking a walk.

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4/14/13 2:44 P

Thanks! I was feeling low on energy so I do want to reevaluate. I will try to dig up my pedometer and wear it to work sometime!

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4/13/13 8:07 P

Hi,

Here is a link to Dietitian Becky's response to this question--I hope this helps!

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=86


Coach Nancy

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4/13/13 6:36 P

Does it include active employment though? I spend my days walking, bending, and reaching. Sometimes carrying about 15 lbs.

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4/13/13 6:28 P

Hi FITTEREVERYDAY,

Know that SparkPeople factors in an active daily living multiplier for things such as shopping and housework. To make sure you’re not overestimating how many calories you’re burning, the best bet is to use the tracker to record only the planned, higher-intensity activity that is actually considered exercise.

What really counts as cardio (must elevate your heart rate to 60-85% of your max, must last for at least 10 minutes and utilize large muscle groups repetitively). Adding additional activities like gardening and bowling can help you maintain an active lifestyle—just consider this calorie burn "bonus". Adding it into your calories burned counter can be very misleading.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy


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4/13/13 5:35 P

I work 8.5 hour shifts four days a week and another 6 hour shift one day. I am on my feet most of those hours.On my days off I do a lot shopping and heavy housework. I am by no means sedentary. How can I account for that?

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