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BRITOMART Posts: 7,626
6/17/11 10:27 A

I guess it's 'mandatory,' because unless you enter your calories yourself, about the only way to know how many calories you've burned is to count time as part of the equation. If you walk at 4mph, how will you know when you've burned 300 calories, unless you know how long you've walked? Measuring distance covered instead works for walking, but for ellipticals, etc., time's an essential element.

But you can customize, as others have said.

For me, sometimes, I don't make my calorie-burned goal; knowing that I exercised for 30 minutes, say, is better than thinking I 'failed' and 30 minutes is 30 minutes!

Britomart

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SILVERHAWK Posts: 149
6/17/11 8:50 A

It is an optional feature. If you go to the fitness page, at the very top there's a link to "change fitness goals" and then you can customize what you want to see to your heart's content.

DOGBOYDOG SparkPoints: (1,703)
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6/15/11 11:57 A

Well, yes, I could ignore it, but it's still mandatory in the sense that I can't not select it or not have a goal of minutes, which is what I meant and it kind of annoys me that it acts like you didn't meet a goal when you might totally not care about the minutes.

THENAMESLISA Posts: 2,537
6/15/11 9:51 A

If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten (or something like that).

You have a choice...you can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.

"Don't rely on motivation to get the job done. Motivation is temporary. It may be the thing that kicks you into gear initially but it isn't sustainable. Just do what needs to be done
with NO excuses & don't wait on motivation that may never come. Take responsibility for your journey whether you 'feel like it' or not, you'll be glad you did!" ~ NOTABOUTHEFACE
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,941
6/15/11 8:00 A

Well said Psalm22!

�We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.�
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in T
PSALM22 Posts: 8,673
6/15/11 1:16 A

It's not mandatory. Rock bottom, nothing on the site is mandatory. You can pick and choose and adapt as you need to meet your goals and your way of reaching those goals. If you prefer to focus on the calories burned and not time spent, then do so and ignore any of the time components.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
DOGBOYDOG SparkPoints: (1,703)
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6/15/11 12:46 A

I don't understand what the significance is of minutes is, especially having a mandatory goal. If you want to burn 300 calories a day, and you do so in less time than you anticipated, why should that count against you? This should be an optional feature, unless it is and I'm missing something. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

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