I think this setting is both very important to make the MFP tools work well, and it is poorly explained. I have been motivated to put it at a higher level than what I now believe is correct. It is from wanting to inflate my activities, and also the setting not being very well described.
Here's what I mean. I've been running consistently for a couple of months. I have a 4 day/week training plan. One night I go to a Salsa dance class, and one morning I take a swim in the ocean ~750 yards. So six days a week I'm doing some activity. Sort of a humble-brag here, but that's the streak I'm currently on, and it's working, I'm making consistent progress toward my goal weight
Additional, I'm getting up there (56 y/o) and my job is hardcore 40 hrs/week at a desk. Sometimes I walk around or lead a group or go places, usually sitting though.
So Mr. Runner 6 day a week guy??? I clicked "lightly active" and I could even see selecting "Sedentary."
I think MFP separates things into 'normal daily stuff' and 'exercising.' This tool, and eating back calories, and not getting credit for walking 10k steps, all seem to relate to the 'normal daily stuff' and not so much the extra 'activities' and exercise we do.
For MFP if you are a bank teller during the day, and an ultra marathoner after work and on weekends....you might be a "Sedentary" My insides cry out that this is wrong, and I want to label myself higher, and I'm running and being active....yes. But for MFP this is probably how I can best use the tools.
How would you describe your normal daily activities?
- Sedentary: Spend most of the day sitting (e.g. bank teller, desk job)
- Lightly Active: Spend a good part of the day on your feet (e.g. teacher, salesperson)
- Active: Spend a good part of the day doing some physical activity (e.g. food server, postal carrier)
- Very Active: Spend most of the day doing heavy physical activity (e.g. bike messenger, carpenter)