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Do you count standing at a standing desk?

heykatiebenheykatieben Member Posts: 409 Member Member Posts: 409 Member
Hi guys - those of you who start with exercise level 'sedentary' and add on exercise - do you count time standing at a standing desk?

Thanks :)
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  • mamahannickmamahannick Member Posts: 323 Member Member Posts: 323 Member
    I would not log standing as exercise. Rather, factor it into your activity level. Instead of "sedentary", select "lightly active". A lot of people think they are sedentary when they're not. For example, I work a desk job but still am not considered sedentary. I have a toddler I run around after and do plenty of daily chores around the house to make me lightly active. Truly sedentary is not doing much more than lying in bed watching TV all day.
  • usafbeachusafbeach Member Posts: 146 Member Member Posts: 146 Member
    I just jury-rigged one at home to get myself to be a little less sedentary. As far as if I would count it or not, I think I agree with mamahannick and if you're using it all day during the work week (as opposed to sitting at a desk) I might consider upping your activity level.

    Good luck with it either way!
  • omma_to_3omma_to_3 Member Posts: 3,265 Member Member Posts: 3,265 Member
    I would probably do lightly active if you're there for 8+ hours a day using the standing desk. But, then you should be cautious on the days you're not at work if you're more sedentary. It's not that you couldn't add on the standing calories to a sedentary estimate, but it's pretty difficult to actually estimate those calories.
  • editorgrrleditorgrrl Member Posts: 7,063 Member Member Posts: 7,063 Member
    I would not log standing as exercise. Rather, factor it into your activity level.
    ^This.
  • Calliope610Calliope610 Member Posts: 3,863 Member Member Posts: 3,863 Member
    Hi guys - those of you who start with exercise level 'sedentary' and add on exercise - do you count time standing at a standing desk?

    Thanks :)

    Does standing at your standing desk raise your heart rate? If it does, sure, log it as exercise. If it doesn't, sorry, you are just standing, not exercising.
  • snootmastersnootmaster Member Posts: 69 Member Member Posts: 69 Member
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    I have nothing particularly useful to add to this string but did have to comment about the comic-HILARIOUS! Thanks for a good morning chuckle.
  • davemungerdavemunger Member Posts: 1,139 Member Member Posts: 1,139 Member
    According to Runner's World, using a standing desk burns an extra 163 calories per day:

    http://www.runnersworld.com/health/using-standing-desk-boosts-calorie-burn
  • _Waffle__Waffle_ Member Posts: 13,057 Member Member Posts: 13,057 Member
    Hi guys - those of you who start with exercise level 'sedentary' and add on exercise - do you count time standing at a standing desk?

    Thanks :)

    I love to count time, I just wouldn't count that as exercise.

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  • GrimmerickGrimmerick Member Posts: 3,380 Member Member Posts: 3,380 Member
    I can't think of what it's called but my friend has one, you stand on it and it has little pedals, kind of like an elliptical but nothing else to it other than the pedals you stand on and pedal back and forth. You could totally raise your heart rate with that and log it as light exercise!! Don't know how well you could concentrate while doing it but hey might be worth a try for extra calorie burn.
  • SonicDeathMonkey80SonicDeathMonkey80 Member Posts: 4,489 Member Member Posts: 4,489 Member
    According to Runner's World, using a standing desk burns an extra 163 calories per day:

    http://www.runnersworld.com/health/using-standing-desk-boosts-calorie-burn

    That's two Oreos
  • Galatea_StoneGalatea_Stone Member Posts: 2,037 Member Member Posts: 2,037 Member
    It's a little over 100 calories, maybe not that much depending on your weight.

    They're great. Sitting is so last century.
  • omma_to_3omma_to_3 Member Posts: 3,265 Member Member Posts: 3,265 Member
    According to Runner's World, using a standing desk burns an extra 163 calories per day:

    http://www.runnersworld.com/health/using-standing-desk-boosts-calorie-burn

    If that count is correct, I wouldn't log it at all.
  • flyingwolfflyingwolf Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    I have a question on this, I usually work between 9 and 11 hours, if I put in the 660 minutes of standing at my desk based on the numbers I get from different places then I burn 2k calories standing, now granted I am 400 pounds, but there is no way that is right is there?
  • editorgrrleditorgrrl Member Posts: 7,063 Member Member Posts: 7,063 Member
    I have a question on this, I usually work between 9 and 11 hours, if I put in the 660 minutes of standing at my desk based on the numbers I get from different places then I burn 2k calories standing, now granted I am 400 pounds, but there is no way that is right is there?
    You're only meant to log actual workouts as exercise. Everyday things like work, housework, yard work, child care, and standing is meant to be factored into your activity level.
  • flyingwolfflyingwolf Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    Perfect, thank you both, for some reason I wasn't wrapping my head around it and thinking BMR plus standing at my desk when I should have been thinking BMR IS standing at my desk.

    Got it all sorted now.
  • 3dogsrunning3dogsrunning Member Posts: 27,179 Member Member Posts: 27,179 Member
    Perfect, thank you both, for some reason I wasn't wrapping my head around it and thinking BMR plus standing at my desk when I should have been thinking BMR IS standing at my desk.

    Got it all sorted now.

    No, actually BMR is only what your body needs to survive, for organ function, etc, like if you were in a coma. The activity modifiers that you choose should include it - ie whether you pick sedentary, lightly active, etc. I would choose lightly active over sedentary in that case. I would not expect that anyone would burn 2000 calories standing.
  • flyingwolfflyingwolf Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    Got ya!
    I chose lightly active, I take a mile long walk each day and I work on my feet all day which includes often running after the toddler and whatnot. So I would say very lightly active.

    Thank you.
  • sanderdejongesanderdejonge Member Posts: 415 Member Member Posts: 415 Member
    I don't log unless I do real exercise.
    So I don't log walking, commuting on bicycle (unless it's longer than 1h) etc; barely burns up energy anyways.
  • pkw58pkw58 Member Posts: 2,041 Member Member Posts: 2,041 Member
    whatever my fuel band picks up , I record. If I am buying an extra 163 calories a day, the scale will tell me and I will adjust accordingly.
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