Rather than try to figure out how many calories you *should* burn through exercise, how about deciding what type of exercise you want to do (walking, running, riding a bike, swimming, spin class etc) and how long you're willing to do it, plus how many times a week. Say you're not fond of exercise and you decide a 30 minute brisk walk 3 times a week is all you want to do. You can enter that into the Fitness Tracker and it'll tell you how many calories you'll burn. Then you can enter that number into your calories burned goal, and Spark will give you a calorie range for eating.
As time goes by, you may decide to change your Fitness goals-- add a Zumba class for example, or do a workout dvd a couple days in addition to your walks. Then you just go in and update your calories burned goal, and Spark will adjust your range for eating. Say you have an injury and need to lay off the exercise for a while-- again, you adjust your calories burned to reflect less activity, and Spark adjusts your range for eating.
IMO, while exercise is really important because of the benefits (not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too) we get from it-- I don't think it's as important, for weight loss. I think it would be a mistake to feel like you need to do hours of cardio every week, or you won't lose weight. You'd be better off picking something you enjoy doing, that you're willing to commit the time to.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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