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Old 07-27-2012, 12:27 AM   #1
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What do you all think? I have been completely sedentary this summer, and today I went shopping while my car was being worked on. I am a teacher, and a grad student so during the year I dont have a second to think! Anway, this was the most physical anything I've had all summer! In my fitness pal I wasn't real sure how to track this.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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I think it does! Honestly, it gets so hot here in the summer I use to go to the mall as my work out! I would push my daughter in the stroller and I am sure by the time all said was done I'd done several miles of walking (if not way more).
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Not exercise, but it does count as NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) and that's also important. (I wouldn't eat those calories back though!)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12468415
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Hi Brittany. I definitely think it counts as exercise, especially since you are easing back into it after being sedentary for a while. And there are a lot of people who go mall walking specifically for exercise.
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I think you obviously burn more calories doing that than you would sitting on the couch, but I hesitate to call it "exercise"...I guess it depends on your current state. I would think this is more you being active, than actually exercising. Just my .02.
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To clarify my earlier comments.... personally I do not consider my shopping to be "exercise" -- but in this instance where someone has been completely sedentary for a long period of time and working their way back into it, I would count it. We are all at different stages of our weight loss journey; some can do a lot more, others less. If this is what you can do right now, I say log it and work your way up to where you can do more.

Doing *something* is the important thing -- and go from there.
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I feel like it does... I know that sometimes I can really powershop the mall!

Any movement is better than none in my book.
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I think it is. Dressing and undressing repeatedly.... got to be worth something.
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