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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,737
12/3/12 10:07 A

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).

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,990
12/3/12 8:09 A

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.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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12/3/12 6:58 A

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.)?

thanks!

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