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2/9/15 11:25 P

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Everyone has some great advise. I agree with BOSS61 as far as "any movement at all is better than the couch flying." I also believe what "NITEMAN3D" and "GWBACH" said.

You can easily have a negative calorie balance by reducing your caloric intake without exercise. Exercise helps maintain your lean muscle and may increase depending on your workout program.

Now my opinion on walking, Like "NITEMAN3D" mentioned, you need to be doing more than what you were doing before. If you are purposefully walking somewhere to increase your daily exercise, then by all means track it. If you are setting aside a certain amount of time to just walk, then count it.

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2/9/15 6:32 P

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Disagree. I lose weight when I have a negative calorie balance, i.e. burn more than I consume. To keep a handle on that it's very useful to have an accurate count of how many calories I burn which means tracking even the incidental stuff. Which is not to say don't exercise. Being moderately active throughout the day is just as important as the less frequent bouts of high intensity activity.

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2/9/15 9:44 A

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I am with niteman,
Step it up, go for 6000 steps, then 10000, just your normal stuff ain't exercise.


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2/8/15 8:26 P

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Just my 2 cents, but we all *did* things while gaining weight. So..... I can't see how you can count anything you did before as exercise. I count only what I do that is over and above what I always did, since I had no problem maintaining my obesity. (Even while doing daily activities, even if some were a little strenuous, I still put on the pounds, so I can't count those kinds of things.) I think "extra-cise" gets rid of the "extra-size". Intentional activity over and above what you did while gaining weight.

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2/8/15 5:59 P

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Sure, the steps count and you can put them as walking/mileage in your tracker. In fact those incidental steps are probably a bit undercounted by pedometers, in my experience.
You can also track things like gardening, cleaning, etc. as forms of exercise if you want.

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Since I have bad knees, I count my steps as part of my exercise, as I purposely walk more to get my exercise in. Such as I will walk across campus to go to the restroom adding about 600 steps each way! So yes I do.

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2/8/15 11:14 A

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Yes and no, and you already know this answer.

Any movement at all is better for you than keeping the couch from flying upward and smacking into the ceiling. Even if it is merely padding in your socks into the kitchen to get more chocolate sauce for the ice cream.

Better is purposeful exercise that achieves and sustains an elevated heart rate, entails resistance (more than psychological) and the effort to overcome it (more than emotional).

For weight loss, the best exercise of all, and one I have yet to fully master on a consistent basis, are push-aways. From the table. Alas...

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2/8/15 10:42 A

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I've been using a Striiv pedometer for a long while now. It keeps track of steps (walking and running), stairs, minutes, mileage, calories burned, standard issue stuff, I guess.

This is my question to the group: Do the steps or minutes I rack up on the pedometer while I'm just going about daily life count as "exercise" to be tracked on this site, or would you consider that cheating? I easily average 3,000 steps a day just walking around for work, no elevated heart rate (usually), not more than a few minutes at a time.

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