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MOTIVATED@LAST
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12/5/12 6:51 A

The way I figure it, we all got to the weight we are by doing what we do. So to lose weight, we need to do more. So you probably need to exercise more than just your walking.

This could be as simple as increasing your walking pace to make it more of a workout. Or including a few detours in your walk to make it 3 miles rather than 2 (40 mins @ 3mp = 2 miles) - especially on the way home (which is presumably less time-critical).

M@L



JENNALOVEX3
Posts: 24
12/4/12 9:06 P

Yes, I did mean 3mph LOL sorry. It makes sense to try it out for a bit, I never thought of doing that. Thanks for your responses!



SP_COACH_NANCY
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12/4/12 8:47 P

HI JENNALOVEX3,

I assume you mean you walk a 3 mph pace with is roughly a 20 min per mile pace.

This is difficult to answer because as you stated if this is something that you do daily your body has adapted to doing this type of activity. While you are burning calories, as to how much depends on the intensity of the walk.

Cardio recommendations are primarily those activities that increase your oxygen consumption in relation to large muscle activation which in turn increases your heart rate between 60-85% of your max heart rate and you are able to sustain it for a period of at least 20 minutes. If the walking you do meets that criteria, than I would count it. If not, I would consider it a part of your active daily living activities.

One thing you can try is see how you do when tracking it for a month or so (you want to give it a solid month) and see what happens.

Coach Nancy



KRISTEN_SAYS
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12/4/12 8:29 P

I think because you're walking for so long you could include it as exercise, but definitely do something else on top of that because you're really not burning that many calories.



JENNALOVEX3
Posts: 24
12/4/12 7:33 P

I had recently read somewhere, maybe on Sparkpeople but I don't think so, that one of the reasons people don't lose weight is because they count every little physical thing they do as exercise, even things they do daily and normally like light cleaning or something like that. Basically they overestimate their daily exercise and think they burn more calories than they do.

So, I walk to and from school 5 days a week (give or take, sometimes I do take the bus), for a total of 40 min each way (80 in total). I don't walk very fast, but I do count it on my exercise tracker as walking at around 3mph, which is about right for my average speed. I'm wondering that, since I did this before and it's such a constant in my life, should I include it in my tracker, or leave it out? I feel like I can count it as physical activity but I'm not sure if I should count it as my calories I need to burn for the week in order to reach my goal. Any thoughts?

Edited by: JENNALOVEX3 at: 12/4/2012 (21:02)


 
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