It's better to not count it. Your Spark account is already set up to include light activity. Your body also adapts to your regular activity (which means your body is prepared for that kind of activity and is efficient at performing those tasks so you burn less calories doing them).
I only count planned exercise. I don't count all the housework I do, taking care of my children, running errands, light walking, light yard work, grocery shopping, etc. because my body is used to performing those activities and Spark already accounts for it.
*IF* for some reason you're losing weight far too quickly for your program (generally speaking, more than 1-2 lbs week), then you may need to adjust your weekly calories burned to ensure you're eating enough for your activity level.
imo, if your goal is weight loss... it's better to underestimate your calorie burn than overestimate if you want to be successful at achieving that goal.
You could keep a journal or write in your fitness notes anytime you do *extra* activity to help track and encourage yourself to do more.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/14/2013 (06:53)
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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