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10/13/12 3:50 P

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Yes, but millions of massage therapists around the world workout without a HRM or tracking the calories they burn. It is a physical job, for sure, but there are ways other than treating it like a workout, to account for the increased activity. I actually think it's detrimental to making physical fitness progress to count massage work as exercise, because it is not at all cardiovascularly challenging, so to do so gives you a false sense of having met an exercise goal, making it more likely that you'll cut yourself a(n undeserved) break when it comes to really working out.

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10/13/12 2:34 P

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It may not be an all-out workout, but I'd still track the calories you burn during each session, that way you have a better idea of what you need to replenish yourself as well. Does that make sense?

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6/29/12 8:29 P

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There has been some talk at a times about how many calories massage burns. I always thought that the SP fitness tracker was a little too generous, reporting somewhere around 300/hr. (I don't remember what it was, but it is no longer an option in the tracker -- I just checked.) Anyway, I decided to put this issue to bed (in my mind, at least) by wearing my HRM at work this afternoon. I did three sessions back-to-back, and recorded only my time in the treatment room.

In 2:40 (160 minutes; we schedule on the hour, so less change-over time, they are essentially 53-minute massages) I burned 735 calories, according to my Timex Ironman. I logged it here on SP, but I do not intend to consider it equivalent to working out, even though it burned a lot of calories. My HR never went above 120 (I must have been doing ROM/stretching or some resistance exercises), and averaged in the low 90s, which is not a challenging cardio range.

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