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PLISZKAT
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2/12/13 1:39 P

Thanks everyone! that was great advice!



IVYLASS
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2/11/13 4:22 P

Correct, planned exercises.



BLKBRBI
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2/11/13 4:21 P

I only check planned workouts in which I wear my heart monitor and when I go to the gym. I don't look at heavy cleaning as an exercise because I am not exhausted to the point where I cannot hold a conversation.

It's too time consuming for me to track walks/runs with the dog, cutting the yard, gardening etc. So I just track planned workouts.

:-)



ERICADAWN1986
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2/11/13 3:19 P

I only track what I plan as exercise. Sometimes I have more physical days at work but I never track that stuff. I even walk my dog everyday but it's at a slow pace and I don't feel like I'm getting much of a workout so I don't track that either. I think it's always better to underestimate calories burned than over-estimate and think you're burning all these calories but it's really part of your BMR.



TACDGB
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2/11/13 1:51 P

I agree to track your planned workouts only.



SAILOR64
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2/11/13 12:21 P

Dear Kat,

What a great question. I notice from your Sparkpage you are pretty new to our group, and you will get many different answers to this question. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

1. Track your intentional exercise only. I too have an physical job that involves lots of walking and moving around. But I only count what I call "intentional exercise" on my fitness tracker.

2. What should you track? I track the time I spend biking, walking, running, strength training (lifting weights), stretching, yoga, kick-boxing, Zumba Classes (yes, I Zumba once a week), Swimming, and doing exercise videos. This is the kind of stuff I put in my fitness tracker.

3. What don't I track? I don't track the several miles I walk every day measuring landscapes and parking areas as an estimator for the different contractors I represent. I don't track the wheelbarrows full of dirt I move around each week, or the plants and trees I move. Anything work related is a bonus to me.

4, I also track my blood pressure and resting heart rate weekly, and my body measurements/ weight on a monthly basis only. The only reason I ever weigh myself is to keep the calorie counters on the treadmill, elliptical machine and the bike as accurate as possible.

I hope this answers your question.

Good luck.



CUDA440
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2/11/13 12:08 P

I only track scheduled workouts. Your body will be used to any "job" related work or chores.

Beckie



PLISZKAT
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2/11/13 12:04 P

Hey All,
I just have a quick question for you. Should I be tracking every litle bit of exercise I get, or should my fitness tracker only be for intentional planned exercise (i..e going to the gym). I always feel like daily things like farming (watering cows, horses, feeding them, etc.) or playing a kinect sports game with the kids, etc. isn't that much of a workout. What do you think?



 
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