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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!
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    I had wondered what a fit bit was. Keep on keeping on Nealio. emoticon
    1835 days ago
    Wow, you just wrote a great endorsement for the FitBit. I don't have one, but am considering the purchase and you just gave me several more reasons to make that purchase. emoticon
    1836 days ago
    seems like you know your stuff good job
    1836 days ago
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