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2/22/12 11:59 A

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The ideal would be to get a heart rate monitor set to your stats (the more personal info that you can input, the better) and use that information. Lacking that, you could see if any of the wii entries apply to what you did or do a general search for something similar. If I am doing a bit of everything and keeping moving the whole time, I would just put it in as circuit training. Some of the workout games also give a calorie readout, but they may not necessarily be accurate or even close to accurate. I think some of them base the calories on how close you matched the exercise, so if you "failed" the exercise but you were really working at it or marching in place/jogging/or something else to make up for a movement that you could not do, it would not really give you credit for it.

If you are working up a sweat, then I would definitely count it as exercise. If you are doing dancing, kickboxing, or squats and lunges ... it should not matter if you are doing it in the gym, following a workout video, or following a cartoon figure on the screen. You are still doing the movements. Just be sure that you are only counting the time spent actually exercising and not the 20 minutes playing with the menu screens (or am I the only one who gets caught up in the menus?). I prefer a heart rate monitor because neither the games nor the sparkpeople calculator are accurate for me. The games tend to give way too low of a readout (often half or less of what my HRM reads) while sparkpeople often gives way too high (often double what my hrm reads). But they are still better than nothing if you do not have a HRM.


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2/22/12 11:16 A

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I admit. I am out of shape, I recently recovered from MONTHS being sick and blogging makes me feel like I am standing on a street corner in my underwear. That said, my husband bought me a Kinect with the Fitness software that includes the personal trainer, boxing and zen classes. The zen software really helped me and didn't kill me while I was sick.

I don't see any of the Kinect exercises in the Sparkpeople Fitness Tracker, only WII. Can any of these exercises, or even the Kinect Adventures games, be entered in or even considered as exercises?

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