Does 'sedentary' mean virtually sedentary (sitting) all day? I wouldn't class myself as anything else, but I'm just wondering where the difference between BMR and sedentary comes from.
Is it from bodily processes? Or is it from the cumulative effort of...I don't know...things like going to the loo? Or does it involve the daily routine, which might involve something drastic like walking to the car?
I don't really do exercise (40-60 mins of exercise weekly at best...which is skipping, running or stuff like step-ups), but my daily routine has between an hour and an hour and a half's walk in it anyway. And a fair amount of stairs!
Let's see...it's ten minutes to lectures and back for a start. Then I go to Tesco's to do grocery shopping, which is 15-25 minutes each way...I generally go down each aisle twice looking for bargains too (I'm on a tight budget!), so a shopping trip takes 1-1.5 hours in total.
Sometimes I don't come back with anything, which is to be expected if I go shopping daily I suppose.
So I'm in a pickle, because I can't say I work out or exercise a lot...but at the same time, walking for an hour a day isn't completely sedentary.
The burn calculator gives me 1,500 for sedentary and 1,700 for light active...so I usually say 1,600 is my cap. Good thing I realised the weight box was in lb and not kg...it was telling me that my maintenance was 1,200 the first time I entered my details in!
Thanks. Sorry for the ramblyness.
I'd say you do light activity...you definitely ARENT sedentary b/c that means just sitting/laying down all day + getting up (maybe!) to go to the bathroom or to get some food...so yeah...
light sounds about right