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FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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10/27/13 2:32 P

Under the mileage, you can enter the time it took you to do the marathon and the distance (26.2 miles). It doesn't make sense that a person should only count a walk if their heart rate is in the aerobic zone. My heart rate never gets up to the aerobic zone when I walk, but it definitely goes up. I enter all of my walks as exercise. I don't go any slower than 3.5 mph an hour.

Edit: I looked at the link that you posted and I think that when it talks about not counting every activity counting as exercise, it means things like housework and gardening. I guess walking could be one of those things not to count if you are taking your child for a leisurely walk.

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 10/27/2013 (14:37)
EMMACORY Posts: 21,713
10/27/13 9:41 A

If you walked a marathon, of course you were exercising!!!! I know I do not get my heart into range all the time but if I am walking to get myself moving it is helping. No one mentioned the fact that some people may also be on medication that impacts their ability to get to maximum range. As others have said...We are walking and losing so something is working! emoticon

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/13 6:05 P

That's interesting--and very contrary to everything else that I have ever read on Spark, where 10 minutes of exercise counts as a "workout."

I think that you should count it in your activity tracker, but know that you likely need to be doing more intense workouts as well if you actually want to be fit.

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
10/25/13 3:01 P

I must be the strongest person alive!! I have to move my finger all day on the stupid mouse at work!

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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10/25/13 2:57 P

Just moving your little finger can be exercise!

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
10/25/13 2:53 P

Found the article I read on Monday:

Check out the section "Not every movement or activity counts as exercise"
It clearly states if you're not in the aerobic zone then it doesn't count as exercise. I'm pretty sure I never reach an aerobic zone while walking. Especially while walking 26.2 miles - gotta pace yourself, you know.

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
10/25/13 2:44 P

I've read numerous articles on SP over the last 2+ years that state walking should not be included on your fitness tracker since it's not aerobic. I always ignore them. I read one again on Monday but I'll be damned if I can find it. I think that if you look for exercise articles in SP you'll see what I'm talking about.
I was just curious how people feel about it and I got a ton of responses. Thank you.

I was also wondering how I would track walking a marathon (I did this last spring) if I can't count walking as exercise. Do I just assume I burned 0 calories for that day? Even though I walked 26.2 miles? That's what the article I read on Monday implied. I find it frustrating.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
10/25/13 10:59 A

I suppose the difference between walking as an activity and walking as exercise is intensity level.

In the fitness tracker they have walking listed many times at different speeds so if you shouldn't track it then I don't know why it would be there.

Sparkpeople has a whole guide to walking and calls it exercise as well.

I have not found an article that says that walking is not exercise here. Can you provide a link?

MARG17 Posts: 285
10/25/13 8:32 A

I feel walking is exercise, it helps drop weight

COPPERFIRE952 Posts: 139
10/25/13 6:31 A

I can't recall ever seeing a Spark article discouraging walking as exercise...but perhaps what they meant is that there is a certain amount of walking on a normal day (ie. walk to the car, go grocery shopping and walk around the store, walk up and down the stairs to carry laundry, etc.) that is already taken into account as your "activity level" when you sign up or reset your goals which they factor into your recommended calorie ranges for each day. If you take this normal daily walking and add it to your activity level AND fitness tracking - your calorie ranges may be off because you're in effect - double counting. Now being reasonable...if you are doing a lot of walking above and beyond your normal activity - obviously you're getting in exercise.
One thing to keep in mind...depending on your fitness level - it may take different intensity of walking to be considered "cardio" exercise -when you're heart rate is elevated within a certain range. Adding intensity to walking is very easy by adding elevation, arm movements, weight, speed, etc.

Edited by: COPPERFIRE952 at: 10/25/2013 (06:32)
PAMLED Posts: 49
10/25/13 6:15 A

Pedometers show calorie burn for walking. If your walk at a good pace it shows calls burned . emoticon

10/24/13 7:56 P

Walking is exercise.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
10/24/13 7:42 P

Spark actually has dozens of articles advocating walking as exercise:

Where are the ones saying it isn't???

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
10/24/13 5:31 P

So I lost 60 lbs. by WALKING plus eating right and WALKING does not count as exercise. Who knew..........So tell that to those 60 lbs. that are gone........... emoticon

DARCYBLUE Posts: 300
10/24/13 4:56 P

We'll I. Count it because I have a yorkie and when I take him walking ; he out walked me for the moment.until I he can't keep up with me than I won't count as exercise.

10/24/13 2:23 P

Okay, here's my 2 cents. In all studies ever conducted, excess calories burned never equates to the "3500calories=1 pound" model. Likewise,excess calories consumed never equates to the model either (the people always gain less than 10 pounds of body fat. So, more and more, people are starting to realize that a calorie is NOT just a calorie. Now this is not to say that calories don't matter, they most definitely do. What I AM saying is that hormones matter as much if not more. Just as there is a hormonal response to each and every food we eat (some good, some bad, depending on the food), there is also a hormonal response to exercise. Movement is essential! It changes our chemical make up over time and helps balance hormones which influences your metabolism. Move! Move every change you can! And if tracking it as exercise is what motivates you to do more of it then, by all means, count it!

10/24/13 2:21 P

I would suggest getting a HRM. You don't have to power walk per se, but you can walk fast enough to keep your heart rate in the "fat burning range". I know if I'm just strolling around, my HRM doesn't even count it towards my weekly goals.

Here is an interesting article on running/walking and calories from Runner's World

TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
10/24/13 2:08 P

Thanks everyone. I understand that BRISK walking is exercise. But, lets say I've decided to walk 3 MPH for 3+ hours. I know my heart rate isn't up but I'm still walking 9+ miles and therefore, should have burned about 900 calories. I'm trying to understand why that doesn't count as exercise and shouldn't be put on my fitness tracker
Any insight??

LDAVENPOR4 SparkPoints: (29,233)
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10/24/13 12:20 P

According to many experts, power or brisk walking can burn the same amount of calories as jogging or running. So it is useful for helping with weight loss. And, because it is low impact, it does not have the same potential for injury as jogging. Yet it can offer all the benefits.'

Walking also helps to drain the lower legs of excess fluid and can help prevent varicose veins through the pumping action of the calf muscles. 'The increased supply of oxygen also gets rid of the waste products in the tissues.

Also, because more people are able to walk at a more consistent speed than they can run, it is a more beneficial form of tissue-cleansing, particularly for those over fifty.

Walking is also better for the spine than running, because it puts less stress on the discs. We were designed for constant movement, not sitting in cars or in front of computers, which causes negative pressures on our spinal cord. So, there you go, experts believe walking 'is' great exercise.

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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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10/24/13 12:20 P

I am walking a 15 minute mile now and I will be counting that as exercise, but I do not count the walking that I do when I walk to dog, go grocery shopping or stroll around the mall

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,558)
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10/24/13 12:04 P

shopping-type walking, with numerous stops and starts, should not count as exercise.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,670)
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10/24/13 11:57 A

Here is how I see it: if my boyfriend and I go for a leisurely stroll around my neighborhood (something we do a lot of), it is not exercise. However, if I plan to walk briskly for X amount of miles where my heart rate is up, it is exercise.

I haven't read these articles, but maybe they're referring to leisurely strolls, shopping, things like that?

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 10/24/2013 (12:00)
TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
10/24/13 11:51 A

I've read several articles on SP that say walking is not exercise, it's an activity. It should not be counted on your fitness tracker since it most likely does not raise your heart rate into the aerobic range. I've also read that walking burns approximately 100 calories per mile. I walk an average of 5 miles per day and walked a marathon last spring. Am I really not supposed to claim that on my fitness tracker? 26.2 miles should burn about 2500 calories but it's not exercise? I'm confused!

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