* While it definitely sounds more than a sedentary job, most work-based physical activities do not get your heart rate up for an extended period the same way that more focussed exercise does * The way I see it, we all got to the weight we are by doing what we do, so to lose weight we need to do more. Tracking your job as exercise may lead you to a false sense of your overall activity level. * While you are using your hands, arms and shoulders with massage, it isn't really using the large muscles in the core and lower body that are really key to burning significant calories. * Sweating is more a measure of environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, clothing, etc) than workout intensity. If you are wearing clothing which has you comfortable, it doesn't take all that much movement to have you overheating.
So while you should feel good about the physical nature of your job, it isn't really a substitute for more dedicated exercise.
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Just because you're sweating doesn't mean you're burning a lot of calories.
If anything, massage would count as strength training, which by definition is not a big calorie burner by itself. I don't think that counting it would do anything to improve your weight loss, increase your fitness level, etc. You still need to be doing *purposeful* exercise.
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I work at a factory and do stock; walking a lot and lifting 25-30 lbs crates. It definitely causes you to burn more calories than being sedentary or lightly active. I have to eat a lot more than I did as a SAHM. About 300-500 more a day to maintain my weight but I don't count is as cardiovascular exercise or exercise minutes. I consider it activity. If I used Spark to calculate my calorie range (I use my Fitbit) I'd just change my activity level to the "active" setting on my Account Settings. I only track planned exercise routines.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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You're going to get a variety of opinions. Some people will say yes, count it. Others, like myself, will say no. Why ? because it's something you do on a regular basis during the day.
My personal opinion is that any exercise or activity outside your normal routine counts towards exercise. The goal of exercising every day isn't just about losing weight. The goal of exercise is to make our daily lives more active. So, if you do have a fairly sedentary day, then you need to find ways to make it more active.
At a previous job, I used to do a lot of lifting of heavy boxes. I did not count it towards my exercise because I considered it part of my daily routine.
What could count during the day ? If you found yourself cleaning the garage, yes, that would count because it's not something you would normally do. If you paint your room, that counts unless you happen to work as a painter. then that's part of your daily routine.
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Hi! I keep seeing everywhere that you "shouldn't track work activities as fitness because you do them every day" and variations there of.
I am a full-time graduate student so I spend most of my day in a class room on my duff, in the car or studying on the couch at home. But, I'm also a part time massage therapist. I can have as few as 4 massages a week and as many as 16. Because it's so variable, I can break a sweat doing it, it feels like a workout and it's not what I spend most of my time doing, can I track it as fitness?
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