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SHINAKO SparkPoints: (44,184)
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7/14/13 8:45 P

Great ideas and suggestions so far!

I just wanted to chime in that, unless you're specifically doing a set of exercises, don't worry so much on the calorie burn portion. If you're trying to speed walk to class, that's great, but it will probably amount to maybe 10 extra calories burned. While it's still better than nothing, if you don't have any apps or gadgets that can take your steps walked and calculate it into calories burned, you'll probably drive yourself crazy with the minutia!

If you do end up doing sets of exercises on campus, bring a small notepad and a watch (preferably with a stopwatch/timer setting,) so you can note what you were doing, and for how long.. and then, when you come home at night, you can record your activity in SparkPeople later.

Every campus is different, and I don't know what yours is like, but here are some exercise ideas (if you can't take advantage of a gym).
- Stair walking. Go up/down one set of stairs a couple times, walk to the other side of the building as a way to bring your HR down, and then repeat with the other stairwell. (If recording, you just record the time doing the stairs as one thing, and the walk between stairs as another (Example: Climbing Stairs - 10 minutes; walking @ 2mph - 5 minutes)
- Use a curb for step-ups.
- Wall-Push-ups
- If you can find a space for yourself, do some Strength training. 10 Jumping Jacks, 10 Squats, 10 Lunges, repeat.

These are just some ideas. I'm sure you'll get PLENTY. :)

ANNROW0354 Posts: 603
7/14/13 3:48 P

There is a pedometer app through Runtastic for the iPhone and I assume that it is available for all smart phones. It tracks steps, speed, calories, time and calories. Try interval walking where have bursts of speed to up your heart rate. The key to weight loss is getting your heart pumping.

STEPHMINUS40 Posts: 5,415
7/14/13 3:10 P

I would also recommend getting a pedometer. It is an easy way to keep track of how many steps you've walked and you can get an idea of how many calories you've burned that way. It's not a perfect way to track calories, but it is cheap. Just be sure to get one that has a cover on it. Otherwise, you might reset it if you bump it during the day.



CHARLOTTE1947 SparkPoints: (40,718)
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7/14/13 2:30 P

I agree with what everyone has said so far. Great ideas!

My son went to a large university last year and walked everywhere (not enough parking on campus) and his weight and fitness levels were excellent. This year he transferred to a different school and HAS to take the bus or drive to class. He has gained 15 pounds this year!

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (142,818)
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7/14/13 6:41 A

How about using the campus gym ? Most universities and colleges have fitness facilities for their students. As long as you have a student ID, you have access. So, why not check out what sort of classes they offer. You can also check out their gym to see how busy it gets. Since you only have one class, you could workout before or after lecture.

As far as walking, walk as if you're going to be late for class. Cardiologists will tell you that a 30 minute brisk walk each day can reduce your risk for heart disease by over 30%. Another thing you can do is take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you have several floors, then take the elevator, but get off one or two floors before and walk up the stairs.

Walking up stairs is another good way to stay fit. You don't want to get stuck in the idea that exercise is just about burning calories. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right and watch your portions. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't out run a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right first and watch your portions.




Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/14/2013 (06:45)
AUGUSTREADY SparkPoints: (1,560)
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7/14/13 4:39 A

Four things that immediately come to mind - walk at a brisk pace (no dawdling!), load a backpack with weight and carry it everywhere you go, always take the stairs, and run them if possible, multiple times if possible, take the longest route to get where you need to go (no shortcuts!)...

LADY_LUCK1989 SparkPoints: (65)
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7/13/13 9:19 P

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me out on this one... I am 23 years old and starting college on Campus in August. I only have one class a month (Go Brown Mackie!) and will only attend 3 days a week. Since I haven't learned how to drive or obtained my driver's license yet, I will be taking the bus. So, I was wondering if anyone knew of ways for me to boost my calorie burning when walking on campus or at the grocery store? I would really appreciate it since this is really the only exercise I really get. Also, how would I go about tracking the amount of calories burned without buying any fancy equipment? Thanks in advance to those who reply.

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