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8/14/13 10:31 A

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I would say yes, do increase calories to compensate for massage. You can adjust your nutrition requirements to reflect an "active" or "very active" job/lifestyle, based on how much of your working day is spent on your feet or in other (non-exercise) movement. FWIW, I have worn my HRM at work a few times, and it reported around 200 calories burned beyond BMR per hour of bodywork. If you wanted to increase your dailies manually for the exact number of clients you see each time, you could enter an estimate somewhere in that range and credit yourself with, say, 5 fitness minutes instead of actual time spent, so your tracker minutes would still be basically accurate, but you would know how much extra to eat.

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8/14/13 10:19 A

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I work out 4-6 days a week. I think my main concern is calorie intake. I do about 5.5 hours of massage a day. I work out for about 45-90 min. So the issue is am I supposed to up my calories? Our bodies need a certain amount of calories to function and under eating is just as bad as over eating. It's about finding balance. The massage factor and calories is the most difficult. The other difficult thing is that I work until 10pm three nights a week. I have a 45 minute commute home. Our bodies do need replenished after doing massage but what do you eat that late at night to recover but not too much that it causes weight gain. Any insights?

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1/14/13 9:26 P

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We talked about this a bit in another thread. It's true that massage is physical activity, and you shouldn't feel guilty about counting it toward your points because, ultimately, they are imaginary and at least for me, the purpose of accumulating them is so I have "currency" for buying goodies for my SparkFriends! However, the distinction needs to be made between counting massage time for points/fun and counting it for exercise, since massage rarely, if ever, raises your heart rate to aerobic levels (i.e. the object of doing cardio.) In other words, you still need to do some kind of sweaty thing three or more times weekly!

The type of fitness activity massage seems most like is muscular endurance training (light toning), which you would certainly want to include in your tracker for time, but would notice does not burn many calories, despite the fact that you ARE working very hard. Further, unless you wear a heart rate monitor during your sessions (I have only done this as an experiment, because I was curious; I wore the chest strap and kept the watch in my scrubs pocket), there is really no good way of knowing how much you burn performing massage, since every client has different needs and every therapist has a different toolbox, personal style, and body mechanics.

I guess the sort answer is "do whatever you want," but you're right, Kirstin, relying on massage as your main form of physical activity is self-deception.

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1/14/13 2:53 P

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Yes!


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1/14/13 12:23 P

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Every time I have done Sparkpeople I have listed massage as a fitness activity in my tracker.

I mean it IS on the list! Why not count it?!

I would take my number of hours worked on clients. Then I would cut it in half (because I sit for neck, hands, and feet). BOOM 10 hours of fitness activity a week! Even though I never once did anything outside my normal job.

I now see that I was totally cheating myself to get the spark-points without having to actually break a sweat. I'm scared to have to reflect my REAL time focused on fitness but I know it's the right thing to do. I want to get healthy -- not get sparkpoints.

Do any of you list massage as fitness in the tracker?

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