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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/5/13 7:44 A

I wouldn't track it. I just track extra calories burned through mod-high intensity exercise. I rarely sit still from the time I wake up at 5:30-6am until my kids are asleep at 8pm. Between cooking (I cook a lot), cleaning, taking care of my kids, running errands, etc I only sit for 15-20 mins at a time during the day to eat or have a quick tea break and that's just my activity level in the winter months when I'm stuck indoors. I walk to do all my errands in the spring/summer/fall and am outdoors most days actively playing with my kids. I don't track "housework" or anything like that. Spark's does factor in light activity when calculating your BMR. If I happen to burn more than that, it's just a bonus. But I certainly wouldn't want to over estimate how much I'm burning and wind up with a calorie range too high to lose weight. Besides, your body gets used to your daily activity and you're not likely burning much extra calories.

The only time you should track work/daily activity is if you notice you're losing weight too rapidly. That may be a good indicition that your calories burned has been underestimated.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/5/2013 (07:45)
MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
3/5/13 6:48 A

What I do, when I have an extra-long day at work standing or whatever, is just log it as "enter your own exercise" where you can name it yourself, and put in the minutes you did it-- but I don't enter any calories burned. I don't want to over-inflate my burn but I do want to note that I was doing something and not lying around on the couch like a slug doing nothing for a couple three hours.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
3/5/13 12:13 A

In coming up with an intake recommendation, Spark includes an allowance of 20% in addition to your metabolism to account for typical daily non-exercise activities.

Active jobs such as yours might push this to 30-40% (ie. an additional 10-20%). You could try updating your Exercise Goals (on the LH side of the Start page) to include an extra 800-1000 calories per week, and see if this affects your recommended intake.

Having an active lifestyle is good, but it is no substitute for more focussed exercise.


ELISEFARIS SparkPoints: (4,191)
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3/4/13 11:00 P

I am not going to adjust what the website recommends for my intake but was unsure if I should be tracking it. I figure it will be more like a buffer. I wont track it knowing that extra calories for day to day life are already factored in. If my calories recommended were made out for a stagnant lifestyle I would adjust it, but since it isn't I wont waste the time. Some of my days are 13 hour days on my feet straight, on those days I usually don't do a video. emoticon Thank you for answering.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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3/4/13 10:05 P


SparkPeople factors in an active daily living multiplier into your calorie range calculations, therefore if you factor in your 'work' daily you may be hyper-inflating your calories burned figure which could over time slow your progress.

Coach Nancy

NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
3/4/13 10:02 P

The link that Coach Nancy gave is really helpful for a general calories-burned number.

Have you ever considered splurging on a BodyMedia or FitBit device? I have found these to be incredibly helpful for me in having a clear picture of my calories burned for the day. I have found them to be accurate, based on my calories in vs. calories out and what my weight on the scale tells me. I've done this for a couple of years now with great results.

Take care and good luck!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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3/4/13 9:05 P


Below is a link to SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian Becky Hand's response to this question. I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

ELISEFARIS SparkPoints: (4,191)
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3/4/13 8:50 P

I am a waitress and a bartender and I am wondering how to track my work day? I have seen on other weight loss tools and trackers that there is an average calorie burned while doing an activity at work. I am wondering how to do it on this website. I want to be able to track it in the fitness section but don't know how to accurately. Does the site take my work into account already? I do not remember ever being asked what I do for work or what level of fitness I have.
Please any suggestions will help.

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