When I interned as a zookeeper I walked probably a total of 7 miles a day. I didn't track it as 7 miles of walking a day but I knew I had to track something. I was so active during the day that all I wanted to do when i got home was sleep. During most days I didn't spend any extra time exercising due to how much physical labor was involved in my work . Because of this I would track it as '1 hr of farmwork' a day.
I live close to a lot of amenities so I walk a lot every day. Most things are less than 1 km from my house. The grocery store is a 5 km, 3 mile (round trip) walk, but when I walk there I just get a few things, whatever can fit in a backpack.
I count my walking as exercise.
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I agree with what many have said here. Make sure your nutrition tracker is set to the proper level of activity. But, just regular walking is not exercise it's just activity and there is a difference. There are several articles here on spark that answer the question "what counts as exercise" I would browse some of those articles to help you make the choices right for your mind and body :)
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Being active in the way you describe is good, but it isn't a substitute for exercise for a couple of reasons:
* we all got to the weight we are by doing what we do. So to lose weight, we need to do more. * the stop-stop nature of the walking doesn't keep your heart rate elevated for an extended period in the same way as more focussed exercise does, and therefore doesn't give you the same health and fitness benefits.
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When you enter your information into the nutrition tracker, it asks you some lifestyle questions. So, how did you answer the life style question ? Did you say you had a sedentary day ? moderate or active ?
Depending on how much walking you do, you'd probably be considered moderately active.
What we do as part of our normal day isn't considered exercise even though we are being active. Exercise is that little extra something we should do when we might not be as active during the day as we should.
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I think it does, to some degree. I think it counts for something but I wouldn't say it is the same thing as doing 30 minutes of cardio several days a week (although I am sure it feels like it should). Do you have a pedometer? You can set up your fitness tracker to count the number of steps you take throughout the day.
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