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JENSTRESS Posts: 2,950
3/15/13 9:56 A

I don't track walking around for work, running errands, walking the mall, any of the normal, every day stuff I do as fitness. That is just what your body does every day. It may mean that you are more active than sedentary, but that doesn't mean that it is "exercise". The only thing I could on my fitness tracker as exercise is when I actually do it. I do a workout video, or run, or go for a long walk outside at a brisk pace AS fitness. Even evening walks with my husband in the summer at a VERY leisurely pace do not go on my fitness tracker.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,530
3/14/13 1:42 P

Hello

If you've been doing your job for a long time, that activity is like a regular part of your day at this point. Additional exercise is what will shake things up and help with weight loss. While I wouldn't track it as exercise, you might need to eat more to account for that extra activity. Here's how to figure out if that's the case:

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


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

STEPH057 Posts: 252
3/14/13 1:04 P

Definitely get a pedometer! I'd say you can count your stair climbing/walking as long you are doing it constantly for at least 15-20 minutes at a time. You should only count it as cardio if your heart rate is elevated for about that length of time.

DATTEBERR SparkPoints: (5,640)
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3/14/13 11:59 A

I work as a caregiver in an assisted living home. I use the stairs, and I am constantly walking everywhere. How would I track my exercise. I was thinking about getting a pedometer. Can I count my stair climbing and walking at work as exercise?

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