The default exercise levels are based on the broad consensus of amongst health professionals that 30 minutes 3 times per week is the minimum amount of exercise consistent with good health.
It's not really based on weight loss (you probably would want to bump this up to 5-6 times per week for this purpose), but even at 3 times per week, it starts to make a useful contribution to weight loss.
The number can be changed through your Exercise Goals (accessible from the LH side of the Start page).
Yes, your calories burned goal is taken into consideration when you set your weight loss goal. If it's not accurate (too high or too low) you can adjust it based on the exercise you're actually doing. They are the calories burned during your workouts- not through other daily activities. Your recommendations assume you are burning calories throughout the day (walking to and from your car, up and down the steps, etc.) So I wouldn't count that as exercise unless it's keeping your heart rate elevated in the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you have more questions.
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could someone explain about the calories on the fitness tracker? are these calories you must burn during official workouts in order to lose the amount of weight listed in your goals? or are these the calories you must burn during a day? or is this amount just a motivational number that can be changed? also: is there any way to track fitness for non-official "workouts" (eg, running up and down stairs, heaving grocery bags up a flight of stairs, etc.)?
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