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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
3/29/12 10:15 A

The kind of calories reported for the push-power option definitely reflect physical activity, and not the easier effort of the ride-on type.

I don't know for certain, but my assumption is always that the push hand reflect those old-fashioned ones without an engine (always loved the sound they made).


ALYVNWELL Posts: 244
3/29/12 8:55 A

I have a hilly backyard, so it's a great workout for me

IMREITE SparkPoints: (422,621)
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3/28/12 9:27 P

i always use the push -power option. it is not high impact, but it is a good exercise that involves getting my work done. i've see the old ones with no engine. it involved a lot of arm strength to push it.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
3/28/12 9:22 P

I think it makes sense to add it if it is above and beyond what you have already counted for your normal activity level. For example on a normal day I count around 2,000 calories without exercise. So I will use that plus whatever I burn for exercise. But then if I do a lot of heavy renovation work or outdoor landscaping on a particular day, I will add in calories for that.

GOPINTOS Posts: 6,263
3/28/12 8:38 P

I just got a new pushmower for my birthday... yes I should have asked for diamonds haha but I wanted the exercise.

After 30 minutes yesterday, I was sweating more and used more muscles than I have since I started exercising in January. I used it on the hard to reach places which means hills, ditches, under trees, pond bank, lots of back and forth motion so lots of upper body exercise as well

I'm telling you, it was a fantastic workout! emoticon

Edited by: GOPINTOS at: 3/28/2012 (20:40)
JBUUTY1 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/28/12 8:13 P

That makes sense. I do run 4X a week, i just was adding on the extra times I chose to walk a mile to the grocery store and play basketball with my daughter, and mow the lawn - just to get an idea of what kind of calories I might be using up.

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3/28/12 7:54 P

It might be self propelled vs. non self propelled. Big difference in effort to push between the two.


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3/28/12 7:23 P


Calorie expenditure calculators are just estimates of the calories one burns during an activity. That being said, I do not track these types of calories unless they meet the cardio guidelines of elevating one's heart rate between 60-85% of one's max and sustains it for the entire time.

Remember that SparkPeople factors in an active daily living multiplier into our calorie range calculations, so tracking activities that are outside the norm of formal exercise, may falsely elevate your calories burn goal, which over time could slow your progress down.

If this activity does meet the cardio guideline above, then I would suggest using the lower of the two figures to avoid hyper-inflation of calories expended.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
3/28/12 7:03 P

I think hand would be one of those non-motorized ones, but that is just a guess?

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3/28/12 6:57 P

I guess I'm a stickler for detail. There are two listed for mowing the lawn. One says push, power. And the other says push, hand.

My assumption is that push, hand is the old-fashioned non-motorized lawn mowers that work mechanically when you push it through the grass. Then push, power would be a simple lawn mower with a motor.

However, it could also be that push, power means a lawn mower that power helps the wheels to move so that you do little pushing and lot of following. Then push, hand would be a simple gasoline engine (or electric) mower that you had to push the whole time.

Any ideas which one is which? It is the beginning of mowing season, and I'm curious if I'm burning 350 calories or 500 when I mow the lawn.

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