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#1 of 14 Old 01-29-2009, 02:23 AM - Thead Starter
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So, I've been using an online tool to track my exercise and calories. One of the things that you have to enter is how active you are. The choices are sedentary/moderately active/active.

So, I have a desk job, and when I come home at night I do a few chores, and chase around a toddler, and then I steal a few hours to do a little programming because that is my idea of fun. So, yeah, very sendentary.

But I've been increasing my mileage. I keep wondering how many miles per day or week (avg) a person would have to run to consider themselves moderately active and then how many miles per day or week (avg) they would have to run to consider themselves active?

Assume sedentary job and mostly sedentary lifestyle other than the mileage run.

So, I realize it it completely subjective, and largely meaningless, but it matters to me what you think. I'll prolly discard the outliers, average the rest and decide that the resulting numbers are gospel.

So what say you?


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> 2 mi a day (so, ~15 mpw?) = moderately active.
> 5 hrs a week of all exercise = active


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This is not based on empirical evidence. Rather, anecdotal.

But I guess that's okay for the purposes of your meta-analysis...
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5 days a week:
>30 min/day exercise = sedentry
30-59 min/day exercise = moderately active
1-3 hours/day exercise = active
3+ hours/day exercise = crazy

This is, of course, my opinion.
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by your formula, someone who runs a 10mm would be considered sedentary at 21 miles a week...and only moderately active at 40mpw...

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I guess I assume there is more to being active than running. 30 minutes per day of exercise really isnt that much and I believe is what is recommended by the American Heart Association...
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1 hour of exercise a day or more = active

30 min of exercise a day = moderate

less than that = sedentary

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Generally for calculating calories for weight loss on an online program like fitday, etc, it is most realistic to set it to sedentary, then add in your mileage separately thru their exercise tool. Otherwise it seems to overestimate the amount of calories burned per day.

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For lifestyle I wouldn't use specific exercise, I'd add that separately-- the lifestyle is JUST your lifestyle.

ie, desk job (sedentary) or working on a loading dock (very active)
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Agree with Meri and Heather.
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The colorie's burned can get screwed up for several reasons. Most of the calculations are based on a "Reference Man" which is a 150 pound male.

Based on the different actions of Testosterone vs. Estrogen Males on average have higher metabolisms. Folks lighter than 150 will also burn less calories. Newtons laws are close enough for human speeds so

work= force x distance It takes more force to move a 150 pound person than a 100 lb. Anyway it works for me at 200 lb I figure I burn way more than 100 calories/mile. At rest I also burn more- I figure about 100 calories/hour or 2400/day as a baseline. I eat 3-4K+ calories/day
depending on activity and have maintained my weight.
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For those who answered the question straight out: good on ya!

For those who waxed philosophic: I loathe you.


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I long for the days when SneakyRobot might have chimed in on this one...
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HAHAHA! I had forgotten about Sneaky. Do you still have the Sneaky client? It needs to be updated for the new site.


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I don't think I do have it anymore.

If you decide to update it, I'd be happy to beta test it again. biggrin.gif
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