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If cardio by definition means raising the heart rate to 70% max and sustaining it X amount of time, only you would know if your steps through-out the day meet that criteria, but I'm not an expert.
I used a pedometer and counted 18,000 steps a day but because this was normal daily activity I dont count it
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At times I'm able to persuade some of my clients to do "walk 'n talk" (which REALLY helps those struggling with depression!) sessions which I sometimes count toward fitness minutes if I feel the pace merits it.
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i have counted my steps on a 10-12 hour shift i would range anywhere between 14,000-18,000 steps.........
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While you are expending more calories than sitting at a desk, I consider this type of activity as part of your active daily living expenditure and not cardio. In order for exercise to be deemed aerobic in nature you want to elevate your heart rate to 60-85% of your maximum heart rate for a specific period of time.
Does anybody count how much you walk at work (I'm an L&D nurse, I rarely sit down) as part of your cardio? If so, how do you measure it and add it on SparkPeople? Just want everybody's opinions, I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do.