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DGENTRY889 SparkPoints: (1,679)
Fitness Minutes: (284)
Posts: 3
1/17/13 10:37 P

I actually averaged the actual time spent physically rolling my 14 pound ball down the lanes but thank you for the input and concern that I may be sabotaging myself. I don't only bowl for exercise, in fact I wouldn't really call that exercise but there is a way to track it built into sparkpeople so I figure I should keep myself honest. More than that it keeps me motivated and isn't that what we all are striving for? Thank you all again for your support.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,257
1/17/13 1:48 P

"Boy was I wrong! It is much more. "

Only if you were actively up and bowling for the entire 180 minutes.

I know of no one who bowls that way... myself included.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,411)
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
Posts: 9,661
1/17/13 1:37 P

It's very common for people to even overestimate calories burned. People even more commonly underestimate the calories they eat! Are you weighing and measuring things, or eyeballing it?

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/17/13 1:34 P

Be careful about exercise values. Where did you find more than 100 calories for three hours of bowling?

Are we talking lawn, or 10 pin?

Either way, you get up for your go, do your thing, then sit down until it's your turn again. You probably spend three hours at the bowling centre/lawn, but you don't actually spend three hours "bowling". If you have looked up bowling on a website, you may want to work out how much time you actually spend actively bowling and track that only, not the full three hours.

Additionally, most trackable exercise should be that which gets your HR up consistently for at least 10 minutes or more. I don't think that taking a bowl then sitting down would really qualify. So actually, I would not track bowling at all - not even the 100 for three hours you had estimated. I think if you track it, you may be sabotaging yourself.

DGEOGHEGAN Posts: 447
1/17/13 1:24 P

I really like pre tracking. Meaning planning what I will eat putting it in my tracker. Sometimes I find myself sticking with healthier food just because it's to much of a hastle to change the tracker.

What ever works!
Glad it's going well for you.

DGENTRY889 SparkPoints: (1,679)
Fitness Minutes: (284)
Posts: 3
1/17/13 1:07 P

I have always known that tracking or writing down everything that went into my mouth was the most effective way for me to lose weight. What I didn't think about was tracking my activity. I am consistently surprised to find that I far over or under estimate my calories burned. Bowling for instance. I bowl on a league every Wednesday and figured I probably burned 100 calories in the three hours I bowl. Boy was I wrong! It is much more. Now does that mean I can stop moving every other day of the week? No but it does mean I don't have to beat myself up when Thursday morning rolls around and I just don't feel like getting out of my bed to work out. It also means that the stiff joints and sometimes sore butt are actually from exercising my body...not that I'm just getting old!
Life is good and it gets better with every tracked day!! emoticon

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