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5/5/13 9:20 P

Walking burns calories because it is weight-bearing exercise, and you have to lift your body weight (even if it's just a fraction of an inch) with every step. If you were carrying groceries in a backpack, then yes, you would be burning more calories.

When carrying your groceries in a cart, the extra weight goes down through the wheels, rather than your legs. With a good cart on level ground the extra calorie burn is minimal.

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5/5/13 3:06 P

Thanks! That is probably the best idea.

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5/5/13 1:53 P

I honestly wouldn't worry about. While there no doubt is some increased calorie burn, over such a short distance and especially if you're pulling a cart, much of the extra is actually distributed over the mechanical portions.

It wouldn't be worth trying to figure it out. Consider those bonus calories. :)

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5/5/13 1:07 P

If I am carrying or pulling extra weight when I walk, should I be adding that to my weight when logging my activity? I sometimes pull pretty heavy groceries a little over a half mile. It is much harder than just walking and seems like it would burn more calories.

The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14

A monk was once asked: What do you do there in the monastery? He replied: We fall and get up, fall and get up, fall and get up again. - Tito Colliander

The Jesus Prayer helps to lift the whole life, body and soul, to a level where . . . the world is sought and known in the beauty of God, not God in the beauty of the world. - Mother Maria of Normanby
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