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mattyphillips1984mattyphillips1984 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
If I run between 6-12 miles a day what would activity level be, Active or very active?

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  • LietchiLietchi Member Posts: 1,972 Member Member Posts: 1,972 Member
    Your activity level is meant to reflect how active you are NOT counting intentional exercise. So not a clue really, since you haven't given any information about the rest of your daily activity 🙂
  • goal06082021goal06082021 Member Posts: 816 Member Member Posts: 816 Member
    MFP uses a different method for estimating activity level than a TDEE calculator does. MFP's model does not include purposeful exercise - they want you to log those calories separately and eat them back. So, a desk jockey who runs 8mi per day is Sedentary, while a landscaper who does no purposeful exercise is Very Active.

    Not Very Active/Sedentary: you spend most of your waking hours sitting down; if you work, your job is probably a desk job, or maybe a delivery driver of some kind.

    Lightly Active: you spend most of your waking hours standing up, but not walking around very much - people caring for a small child probably fall into this category; if you work, your job is probably something like cashier, teacher, etc. (If you're a delivery driver, you might be Lightly Active on a very busy day.)

    Active: you spend most of your waking hours standing, and you're walking around fairly often - people caring for multiple small children probably fall into this category; if you work, your job is probably something like retail, foodservice, etc.

    Very Active: you spend most of your waking hours walking around, possibly carrying heavy stuff; if you work, your job is probably something like warehouse stocking, construction, cleaning or painting, landscaping, etc.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 31,150 Member Member Posts: 31,150 Member
    Hi, welcome to the site.

    Good explanation from goal06082021 above, but I'll just leave this here, it's a link to the Help, "How to use this App" page. You can find "Help" at the top of any page. :)

    https://support.myfitnesspal.com/hc/en-us/categories/360001951372-Using-the-App

    On that page you'll find the "How Does MFP Calculate My Initial Goals link"

  • sijomialsijomial Member, Premium Posts: 18,266 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,266 Member
    If I run between 6-12 miles a day what would activity level be, Active or very active?

    The same as if you ran zero or 26 miles a day as it's nothing to do with exercise.
    Think of your job and general movement for all your waking hours when setting your activity level.

    Instead of a more common TDEE site that estimates your BMR and multiplies it by a combined exercise and general activity multiplier to give you a same every day calorie goal MyFitnessPal estimates your BMR and then multiplies it by a general activity multiplier ONLY to give you a calorie goal for a day with no exercise.

    Which means you log your exercise after the event (instead of in advance like the TDEE calc) and get a variable daily calorie goal.
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