Firstly, the stop-start nature of the work means you aren't getting your heart rate up on a continual basis, and it doesn't give you the same benefits as more focussed exercise.
Secondly, the stop-start nature, and the naturally shorter steps that people take indoors means a pedometer won't give an accurate estimate of distance.
Thirdly, estimates of calories typically also include your underlying metabolism as well, which is technically a double count. For short, focussed exercise sessions (eg. 3-40 minutes) the double count is pretty small, but becomes more significant for activities lasting several hours.
Fourthly, the way I see it, we all got to the weight we are by doing by what we do, so to lose weight, we need to do more. Tracking what you already do may give you a misleading sense of your exercise levels.
I don't mean to diminish the physical aspects of your job - just that it isn't a substitute for exercise. Coach Jen makes a great point in terms of including an additional allowance for more physical joibs.
11/21/12 2:10 P
I'd agree that you don't want to count your job as exercise, but you might need to eat a little more to account for the extra activity. Here's an Ask the Expert that explains this in further detail:
I wore a pedometer once when I worked a double, and I'd walked 12miles by the end of the day! When you're in the weeds, it's easy to work up a sweat. Plus all the side work of lifting tea urns, sweeping, bussing tables, etc. It's a very active job!
However, it wouldn't be wise to overestimate you calories burned and then give yourself leeway to skip subsequent workouts and eat more food. If it were me, I'd buy a cheapo pedometer (or use your smartphone if you have one) and enter in my steps each day. That way, if it's slow and you spend most of your time rolling silverware in the back, you'll know what you're up against.
You'd be cheating yourself, imho. I've been a server, I know that your legs and back can start to hurt and it can be physically taxing, but SP uses an activity modifier to account for life activities within your BMR when determining your nutritional ranges. So, adding it as exercise would actually show you more calories burned than you likely did. I think it would be appropriate to add an extra 100 calories on work nights as, I tink, SP uses the sedentary modifier and not a more active job, but I definitely wouldn't count it as 2 hours of walking. Your body becomes used to it and therefore does it more efficeintly, burning less calories, and your HR isn't up the entire time you're working. I wouldn't blame you for not doing a dedicated workout on days you have long shifts, but I would not count working as a workout.
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1 11/21/12 10:33 A
I am a server, can I use the time at work as exercise? If I work 4 hours can I count at least two as walking?
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