Thanks for the replies everyone! The 650-690 number I got was supposedly that's about how many calories one burns from just standing still for 8 hours. It seemed kind of absurd to me but since I kept consistently reading it I thought I would check in with you guys. I haven't been tracking what I do at work anyway so hopefully it will be a little added bonus (at least in the beginning, anyway). I'll just keep on doing what I'm doing. Have a great day, y'all. :)
Fitness Minutes: (86,286)
6/14/13 6:49 A
It's better to not count it. Your Spark account is already set up to include light activity. Your body also adapts to your regular activity (which means your body is prepared for that kind of activity and is efficient at performing those tasks so you burn less calories doing them).
I only count planned exercise. I don't count all the housework I do, taking care of my children, running errands, light walking, light yard work, grocery shopping, etc. because my body is used to performing those activities and Spark already accounts for it.
*IF* for some reason you're losing weight far too quickly for your program (generally speaking, more than 1-2 lbs week), then you may need to adjust your weekly calories burned to ensure you're eating enough for your activity level.
imo, if your goal is weight loss... it's better to underestimate your calorie burn than overestimate if you want to be successful at achieving that goal.
You could keep a journal or write in your fitness notes anytime you do *extra* activity to help track and encourage yourself to do more.
Certainly you are burning more than sitting on the couch, but the standard convention for counting calories includes your udnerlying metabolism calories. This is no big deal for short workouts, but for activities that run for several hours, this can lead to a substantial double count. The additional calories burned is probably less than 650-900.
Calorie burn from daily non-exercise actvities for a sedentary lifestyle is typically estimated at 20% in addition to your BMR. For more active jobs, perhaps an additional 10-20% again - 200-300ish calories?
6/14/13 6:10 A
I would not count it. After a little while it will become your norm for your day and your body will adjust to any benefit of additional calorie burn that it got in the beginning.
Though its great that you are up and about, youre probably not burning 600 -more- calories than you did before. Remember, even laying around on the couch, we do burn -some- calories. So you would need to subtract your "normal" calories from those 600, making the number a lot smaller. However, I would advise against it. Remember, its not putting the calories on the tracker, its -exercising- that makes us lose weight. So if you are burning a little more, consider it an added bonus. But don't fall into the trap of thinking "well, I walked around today, so I can have another slice of cake!". That would be counter productive. Instead, keep tracking your walks and monitoring what you eat. If you begin tracking -everything- you do as exercise, you are really cheating yourself since the calories you need for normal activities are already included in your daily calorie range.
Good luck :)
Fitness Minutes: (2,769)
6/13/13 11:05 P
I push myself at work and walk a whole heap faster than I really need to for caloric burn purposes. It ends up amounting to a truckload of calories burnt each night that I work, but it's working and I should hit my goal relatively quickly.
That's pretty much what I do. I walk every day I can fit it in around work, which is about 4-5 times a week. I guess I was just being hopeful because having an extra 600 cals to add to my tracker would be lovely!
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1,243 6/13/13 10:29 P
I only track "real" exercise and count my hours on my feet at work as bonus movement.
Last week I started working as a cashier at Walmart. Before then, while I was waiting to get calls for interviews, I would just sit on the couch and watch tv with an occasional walk in the mornings. I am curious if I should track what I do at work or not. I did some research and estimate that I burn about 650-690 calories in a typical 9 hour work day. Should I track these calories or not worry about it since it is part of my job and only track "real" exercise?