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SPACEYSTACY
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8/3/13 11:10 A

Yes, I agree with the other posters. The only exercise you should count and track is intentional exercise.



KCLARK89
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8/3/13 10:55 A

I work retail as well and I don't count mine. I just chalk it up to extra movement in my day!



MOTIVATED@LAST
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8/3/13 6:39 A

Rather than tracking this as exercise, the more normal way to account for this is through adjustments to your activity level.

For a sedentary lifestyle, it is generally assumed that you burn about 20% in addition to your metabolism through daily non-exercise activities.

For a job with standing and some movement, an adjustment of 30% would be appropriate. For a job with more activity than retail (eg. waiting tables), this might rise to 40%.

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DRAGONCHILDE
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8/3/13 12:17 A

You won't burn as many calories at work as you would, say, walking on purpose outside for 6 hours straight. Why? Because your body adapts to the activities you do every single day. By counting that as exercise, you will end up double counting to a degree, and overestimating your burn since you aren't actually walking for 6 hours straight, and have likely adapted to that activity over time.



SIMONEKP
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8/2/13 1:45 P

No, you can change your lifestyle in account setup to lightly active and that will account for that. Only true workouts should br counted to exercise minutes.



LILLIPUTIANNA
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8/2/13 12:54 P

Nope. Work is not exercise. Some programs that figure out your BMR will ask if you have an active lifestyle and factor that in to your daily caloric needs.



BREWMASTERBILL
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8/2/13 12:52 P

No. I would adjust your activity level. Exercise minutes are for exercise not daily tasks.



NEW_KAT13
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8/2/13 12:50 P

I work in retail and I do a lot of standing, walking, etc. Would it be ok to put that in my fitness tracker? I usually put in walking 2 mph (since it is the lowest) and put it at about 45 minutes, when I work about 6 hours. Just want to get other peoples opinions :)



 
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