Is it their way to try and be inclusive for people who can't actually get out and "walk"? (Although if you can shovel snow for 20 min, you could (probably) go for 6 blocks and back!) If so... I don't really see anything "wrong" with it. 100% accuracy isn't essential when you are looking at motivating people to m-o-v-e for 20 minutes and that's the whole point here, right? If they are going to be giving awards for how many "miles" each person did, then it might grate me a little wrong...and I'd suggest that they make more categories like Miles, Minutes, etc. and everyone can enter one category...
I agree that I certainly wouldn't track it for myself that way though! But then, I'm blessed that I'm far more capable than many out there. All the best, patti
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 1/13/2018 (17:10)
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
I can see why they'd want to accommodate people who can't walk as much as others, but I don't think it's going to be terribly accurate. There's no way to know how many minutes of activity would equal a certain distance, unless it's just an arbitrary number the people in charge came up with. My suggestion would be for anyone who can walk to only count their steps in these totals.
Hope that helps,
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I think your TOPS made all that up to accommodate those who do other things.
Miles walked should be miles walked, and nothing else.
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My local TOPS chapter is setting a goal of 12,000 miles to be walked by the group. The leader said that count not just the actually miles you accumulate in walking but if you 'shovel snow for 20 minutes' or do chair exercises for 20 minutes to convert that to 1 mile walked.
I have a problem with that - doing chair exercises does help me but is now where near a mile walking. Also not all members would walk 1 mile in 20 minutes.
The group was very insistent that this is the correct way to do it - that any exercise done for 20 minutes can and should be converted to read 1 mile walked.
I gave them an example of my fitbit - when I have it on and I sit for 20 minutes and crochet it reads that I walked 50 steps - but I didn't I was sitting - so in my mind I should not count those as actual steps.
Can one of the trainers here at sparks please give me their thoughts about converting strength training / chair exercises / vacumming / gardening = after 20 minutes it is the same as walking 1 mile = my mind just does not equate that at all = walking to me is actual walking = strength training is good exercise but has nothing to do with walking
Would like to hear what one of the trainers say about this as personally I consider it wrong.
NOTE: these same members that are saying this to be true say they walk 35+ miles a week yet in one year have lost less than 7 pounds though they have well over 50+ / 100+ pounds to lose. Just doesn't equate