Exercising, Even When I'm Not
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I don't get to exercise every day. I wish I did, but I just can't.
However, I DO move around a lot, walking, chasing kids, doing chores, and other similar activities. So, I KNOW that I am active and burning calories.
Also, due to my BMR, I know that I burn calories just by being alive and awake.
But, I wanted to know exactly (or as close to "exactly" as possible) how many calories I burn throughout any given day.
I recently got a FitBit One activity monitor, which tracks your steps, distance, floors (stairs) climbed, calories burned, and even your sleep efficiency. It is an awesome little tool that has really made a HUGE difference in my return to Sparking.
I found out that if I stayed in bed all day, didn't eat, and moved as little as possible, I could burn between 1500 and 2000 calories, just by my BMR. If you factor in basic housework and other non-strenuous activities, I burn between 2000 and 2700 calories a day.
That's without "exercise".
I also determined that I walk between 2 and 3 miles daily throughout my house, my job, and running errands.
When you through a good workout into the mix, as I did today, I can walk/run 5+ miles and burn over 3000 calories!
And...considering you need to burn 500 calories MORE than you consume everyday to lose 1 pound a week, and I try to keep my calorie intake UNDER 2000, I'd say that it's a pretty good system.
So, if you've noticed that my fitness minutes and miles/steps have increased significantly over the past few weeks, that is why. FitBit calculates your measurements at the end of the day and factors them into your totals.
So, I get "exercise" every single day, even when I don't get to exercise!