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12/15/12 11:43 P

Activity not exercise

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,405
12/15/12 11:35 P

Shopping is an activity.
I do not consider it exercise at all.

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12/15/12 8:28 P

A thought I just had for the original poster - what if you got a pedometer and kept track of your steps here on SP? Two hours of grocery shopping would at least count for something, maybe not exercise but it would be a lot of steps toward whatever your goal would be, like 10,000 steps for example.

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 12/15/2012 (20:29)
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12/15/12 7:02 P

Any increase in your physical activity is good. So park on the far side of the lot and walk for an extra minute or two. Carry your grocery bags instead of using a trolley (assuming you don't have too many bags).

But in general, the stop/start nature of shopping, the low speed of walking, etc, don't really keep your heart rate elevated for long enough for such activities to be a genuine substitute for exercise.

Yes, be physical in your shopping - it all helps to burn calories. But do more conventional exercise at well.


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12/15/12 4:19 P

I think it really depends on what sort of shape your in . Do you feel like shopping is a workout? Then it is. If your body is use to sitting in a chair all day - with no activity , then yes i would say shopping for you would be exercise. I park in the back of the parking lot and consider the extra walk in as calories i wouldnt of normally burned. . I think the most important thing is to do something , anything you can.

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KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,754
12/15/12 3:55 P

I don't usually count grocery shopping or housework as exercise.

12/15/12 3:33 P

Only way I would count it as exercise is if your speed walking the whole time. Other than that, it's just a daily or weekly activity that don't require much effort. Only thing I do for it is to count it with my steps for the day and that's it.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/15/12 2:41 P

I do the shopping every week and it takes me well over an hour, however my heart rate is never up. It is a leisurely stroll, not power walking. So, no, I don't track it as exercise.


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12/15/12 1:18 P

Technically it is walking, and could be counted as an exercise, but I wouldn't.

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12/15/12 1:00 P

too bad, if full body contact shopping was an Olympic event, I'd surely win a gold medal in it.

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12/15/12 12:49 P

A good rule of thumb for exercise is ask the question "is this activity an Olympic event?"

Shopping isn't.

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12/15/12 11:58 A

Is grocery shopping considered exercise? I wouldn't consider it exercise personally.

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12/15/12 11:55 A

I am pooped. just had lunch. Just made two deli sandwiches, only ate one, yay!

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