What I do is, I count the dog walks. I make sure to know how far I walked and how long it took. For example, if I walked 2 miles in 30 minutes, then I know I walked about a 15 min mile. That us what I enter. You burn calories no matter what, just not the same amount. I say log it in!
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have a heart rate monitor, you can check to see if you're hitting the target zone on your walks with the dog and count what fits. I take my dog too, and don't worry about her "stops" because they aren't very long and I use those moments to stretch out my calves. Trail walks are great because of the uneven ground!
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This question has been asked, in different ways, a number of times in a few different teams, as far as I can remember. The replies vary, probably because we are encouraged in SP to do what we can. Some folks don't count things like walking the dog or walking to the library, purely because these are part of their daily/weekly lives and routines. Other folk include these daily and weekly routines, cos it's all good movement and exercise.
What I do, for my own counting, is to include routine movement ONLY so long as my heart rate and breathing were both increased during the time as a result of the activity. I therefore tend to walk much faster when I'm out and about on my own than I would otherwise, just so as not to "waste" that time and movement!
Enjoy your walks with the dog. Enjoy your running as well, if you want to keep it up. So long as you feel well and are not causing yourself and your body distress or pain - go for it and have fun
I restarted the challenge this past week, and I'm really curious about the cardio half. Should I aim at a certain amount of calories to burn? I take my dog for a hike in the woods with me, we do about two to three miles every day, and is well over the 30 minute requirement. Should I count that towards my cardio? I've been running for 30 mins on top of that, and I don't know if i'm going overboard or not.
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