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DROPCONE Posts: 1,574
10/16/13 8:38 A

I use a pedometer to track my steps. I take the pedometer off when I am specifically exercising, because I record the exercise as "exercise" in the tracker and I don't want to double-count. I also don't use this information to modify my calories, just as a way of measuring how active I am generally.

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,598
10/15/13 10:55 P

In coming up with an intake recommendation, Spark already includes an allowance of 20% in addition to your BMR for daily NON-exercise activities.

Tracking this as exercise would be to double-count it.

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10/15/13 9:50 P

Yep, this is every day :) Thanks for the link.

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10/15/13 9:08 P

I have days like that too. I don't count it as exercise, but as activity. I wish there was a way to track activity. I'm definitely more active some days then others. Some days I'm going up & down the stairs at work 3 or 4 times. Other days, I don't.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,183
10/15/13 7:59 P

After about 4-6 weeks of doing the same thing all the time, your body gets used to it. So if this is a typical day for you, I wouldn't count it as exercise (unless it's getting your heart rate up in the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time). However, you might need to eat a little more to compensate for the activity. Here's an Ask the Expert that will help you figure that out:

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


Hope that helps,

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10/15/13 7:41 P

How do I count daily activity? Not exercise, but, sometimes I will be on my feet from about 8 am to about 7 pm. I am taking care of children, doing housework etc. so except for going to the bathroom (ha! tmi) or sitting to eat (about 20 minutes, once or twice) I am moving all day, but not specifically an exercise. I am not working out in addition to this, but am trying to figure out how this counts. Thoughts? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm not sure I explained it clearly.

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