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PIXIEDUST22's Photo PIXIEDUST22 Posts: 1,245
2/13/18 11:49 A

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If you have a fitbit or step counter, I would just track it that way and see how it adds to your step total at the end of the day. If you don't have a step tracker, maybe just try to pay attention on day one to get an estimate of how much of the class you're actually moving and then average that out? Like if it's really two minutes talking, then two minutes dancing, I would maybe track half the class as my fitness minutes.

But, as others have said, because it's broken up, your heart rate likely won't be very elevated so I don't think I would count it is a true cardio workout. But it is still activity and better than sitting the entire time, so I understand wanting to track some of it because you are burning more calories than if you were just sitting at a desk. I would just err on the side of estimating low because of the way it's broken up.

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2/12/18 7:04 P

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As you describe it, I would not count the calories at all and just consider them a bonus. It sounds a lot like bowling, where you 'watch' and 'wait' more than 'do'.

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2/12/18 6:55 P

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When I go to these sorts of events, I don't track them as exercise. Because the dancing is so broken up, my heart rate really doesn't get very elevated, and it certainly doesn't stay anywhere near the cardio range for more than a few seconds. The calorie estimate from my Fitbit bears out that this is the right way to go (for me, anyway)... it's not significantly higher than on any other day when I don't exercise but do get in all my steps.

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2/12/18 6:27 P

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Over a three day period I will be attending approx. 10 to 20 instructional dance classes. Each class will be about 1 to 2 hours in length. Question is: classes are compromised of instruction where the dance is being explained and your just standing around listening, and dance where your actually exercising. But, problems arise when when your listening for a couple minutes and dancing a couple minutes.... and roughly this goes on all day for three straight days.... How do I know how much of the time is considered minutes under my fitness for tracking purposes?

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