Sunday, July 21, 2013
When I first joined this site and learned about tracking, I tracked everything I could for fitness. It takes me 15 minutes to go from home to Uni? Tracking. I went to a mall and back? Tracking. Spent a day at my garden. Tracking. If only I would have been that eager to track my food as well.
I lost the weight non the less, but later I learned that I'm walking a thin line and only because whenever I couldn't precisely weight my food most of the times I tracked more than I ate (just to be sure) I was losing and my goal pace. So I stopped tracking walking in general as soon as it was not a part of my planed exercise routine. These days I have to walk 2,5km to work and 2,5km back, I never track them, I also don't track time spent going to a mall, post office or anywhere else. I only track actual planed exercising.
So this weekend I decided to explore the island where I live a little bit and took walks. Yesterday I injured my foot and was really slow, I walked for planned 90 minutes, but my pace was really slow and since I was barefoot and injured, I tracked the minutes (I use an app on my phone with GPS that tracks your mileage, speed, etc) and didn't bother to actually check how much calories it is worth.
Today I tracked walking: 6 km/h (10 minutes per km), 90 minutes and SparkPeople tells me it's 551 calories burned. (My actual speed was 6,3km/h but I rounded it to 6.) I can't believe this. More than 500 calories and all I did was had a pleasant, easy walk near the cost. I was listening to an audiobook and when I came home I didn't even felt that tired. I can not believe I burned 1/3 of my daily caloric intake with that walk... I actually checked multiple walking calorie calculators just to make sure it's true.
I know 90 minutes is a lot sometimes, but it's summer and if the weather is nice, it's something I could do at least 2-3 times per week instead of staying indoors. Especially now when I know how much it burns.