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How do you track

Monday, August 26, 2013

Okay, so Friday I took my two boys and we went to a weekend camping event. Friday we set up the tent, hauled our gear, and generally made our "home" for the weekend. Walked all over the campgrounds, helped with the planning of an event, and generally was active. But none of it was formal "exercise" My pedometer said I took 20,157 steps on Friday and 19,299 on Saturday. Sunday was only 13,112, but that included almost 2 hours of drive time.

The event was fantastic. I probably have not shared here on Sparkpeople, but all three of my kids are involved in a Live Action Role Play (LARP) group called Amtgard. It is a medieval/fantasy game where you run around and hit people with foam "swords" arrows, spell balls and such. I didn't participate in the fighting because it was 90+ degrees, but I did help with the "Iron Chef" competition. I made sure participants were drinking, and I cooked breakfast Sunday morning for my son's fighting company because that meal was not provided. I came home exhausted but happy. I got to connect with people that I only see once a year at this event.
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    Every little bit counts. Our body is amazing and will continue to burn calories and increase metabolism even after working out during day and sleeping at night. You did really great stepping! I'm glad you had an awesome time!

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    1696 days ago
    I always tell myself that whether I "track" or not (fitness and nutrition) my body is tracking for sure, every calorie in and every calorie out.

    (But having said that: I'm religious about tracking nutrition which is 80% of weight loss/maintenance, and not so worried about tracking fitness . . . take more of a "just do it" mentality there).

    So glad to realize you're the sister of MOBYCARP and ONEKIDSMOM: what a family! Liked your comment on ONEKIDSMOM's blog today . . . .
    1698 days ago
    Moving is moving and it all counts - sounds like so much fun!
    1698 days ago
    Thanks for the input everyone. Didn't put anything in to the Spark exercise tracker because it wasn't continuous, but my body tells me I was more active than usual.
    1698 days ago
    If I had 20,000 or so steps, I'd count about half of that as cardio - because even if you aren't hiking around or jogging or whatever, you are definitely walking! I figure exercise is above and beyond the normal daily activities - so walking around the house, no - walking around setting up a campsite and all that, yes.

    Besides, the tracker doesn't register more than 120 minutes of exercise - so you can't really track 20K steps (which would be something like 10 miles, or about 3.5 hours of walking).
    1699 days ago
    Tracking is more of an art that a science. I don't track anything that isn't formal exercise, because i use the fitness tracker as a motivational tool. I'd mow the lawn regardless of what my body needs; so that doesn't count as exercise.

    That's what works for me, but other people find other systems useful. Fitbits and other devices mechanize the tracking. That wouldn't work well for my motivation, but it seems to work for a lot of people. Other people count mowing the lawn, or record something for hikes like you got.

    My two cents worth: Figure out what it is about tracking that helps you make progress toward your goals. Then track or don't track according to how well whatever system you settle on helps you.
    1699 days ago
    It's active and it counts... and besides, it fed the soul! emoticon
    1699 days ago
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