How active am I?

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Sorry if this has been asked 245345533 times before but I just wondered what activity level to put myself as. I walk on average 12k steps a day. At least half those are gained walking the dog and register on my Fitbit as exercise. Other than that I'm moving about a fair bit doing housework and chores but quite honestly also spend a few hours stationary as well. I don't feel sedentary but I'm happy to put that if I should. Any thoughts?

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  • jwm806
    jwm806 Posts: 2 Member
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    I always put that I'm not very active mostly because I have bursts of energy and long periods of sedentary. Not proud of it, but it's the truth for me.
  • pondee629
    pondee629 Posts: 2,469 Member
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    "How active am I?"

    Are you losing weight? If so, active enough to offset your caloric intake.
    Are you gaining weight? If so, not active enough to offset your caloric intake.
    Are you satisfied with muscle tone? If so, you are active enough with the proper balance of exercises/activities.
    If not, you're either not active enough or have an imbalance between strength and cardio work.

    In short, put yourself down for what you think is right and see based on your results. Monitor you intake carefully and check your weight and strength. You'll get it right soon enough. I found it easier to start off more sedentary than active and adjust accordingly.
  • lorrpb
    lorrpb Posts: 11,464 Member
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    If you sync your fitbit to mfp, it doesn't matter, because your calories will get adjusted up or down via the sync. If you set at sedentary you will start to get more cals after shout 5000 steps. If you set at active, I believe it's about 10k.
  • MiniMexxxxx
    MiniMexxxxx Posts: 43 Member
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    pondee629 wrote: »
    "How active am I?"

    Are you losing weight? If so, active enough to offset your caloric intake.
    Are you gaining weight? If so, not active enough to offset your caloric intake.
    Are you satisfied with muscle tone? If so, you are active enough with the proper balance of exercises/activities.
    If not, you're either not active enough or have an imbalance between strength and cardio work.

    In short, put yourself down for what you think is right and see based on your results. Monitor you intake carefully and check your weight and strength. You'll get it right soon enough. I found it easier to start off more sedentary than active and adjust accordingly.

    I'm actually trying to maintain now. Having felt like I'm losing control a little I've decided to track everything to stay on top of things. Really just trying to get my settings as accurate as poss to get me started in the right direction.
  • MiniMexxxxx
    MiniMexxxxx Posts: 43 Member
    edited April 2017
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    lorrpb wrote: »
    If you sync your fitbit to mfp, it doesn't matter, because your calories will get adjusted up or down via the sync. If you set at sedentary you will start to get more cals after shout 5000 steps. If you set at active, I believe it's about 10k.
    Thank you, so really shouldn't make that much difference then in the end? That's good to know. I've opted for lightly active for now and see how that goes.