After about 4-6 weeks of doing the same activity all the time, your body gets used to it. So your job is just a normal part of your day, and additional exercise is what's going to challenge your body and help with weight loss. I wouldn't count your job as exercise, but you might need to adjust your calorie range to account for this extra activity. Here's an Ask the Expert that helps you figure out how to do that:
As far as your feet go, I would suggest going to a specialty running/walking store to be fitted for shoes by a professional. Even if your shoes are fairly new, if they aren't the right shoes for your feet they can give you all kinds of problems.
Hope that helps,
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7/5/13 1:02 A
Hi there, I'm trying to figure out what my activity level would be considered. I rarely work out, but I work as a janitor (more or less) at a store that is just shy of 2 acres and have clocked at walking 9-10 miles in a shift consistently and do so 5 times a week. I mess around with the garden and clear out branches and stuff like that after the daily storm, do chores, cook, and am generally on my feet but nothing too major by myself on days off.
Do I add in the walking at work in addition to the general activity level? I mean, I walk 25 hours a week plus the necessary lifting, pushing, and pulling as the need arises. But is it included already? I figure the around the house stuff would be since I'm not dedicated walking like I am at work (sweeping with a dust mop mostly)
Those 9-10 miles frequently make my feet hurt after sitting down for a moment and I have to walk on my heels for a little bit after waking up in the morning because it hurts to walk on them. The pain stops after a little bit once they warm up a bit. Usually I put an extra set of socks on before work (don't remember what they're called, but they're supposed to help support feet) and am wearing shoes less than two months old. What else can I do to help my feet?