I long ago worked out the number of calories a day I burn, and for some reason I always seem to lose a little faster than what the site thinks I will, which leads me to believe I burn a little more than what they think I do.
So I was talking to a friend about it and she pointed out that I am one of those crazy leg bouncers and that she thinks that might make me not a 'sedentary' person since my legs pretty much never stop all day long at the desk.
Can this be true?
Your friend is right - it is "activity". Some people burn more than others, and fidgeting is one way. Heat production is another - I figure that's why I also burn a few hundred more calories than I should, according to the math (I don't fidget - but i'm a furnace).
Not sure how accurate that is though. That would sure be nice because I am a fidgeter myself!
I was a leg-bouncer... when I was a teenager, my stepmother kept haranguing me about the leg bouncing, so I stopped leg-bouncing and took up smoking.
Hmm... now that the smoking is gone, maybe I should take up leg-bouncing again... :-)
Well, how do I go about accounting for this then? I need to put it into my overall thing because I don't want to overdo the deficit part of the diet... any suggestions on how I should compensate for it?
If I set my dealio to light activity, that is 300 more calories a day - but I don't have an active job, and usually by the time I get home I'm so stressed that I collapse in a ball for 2 hours before I do anything other than walk the dog...
yeah its when your knee bounces or your foot taps or your wave your foot back and forth... I just instinctively do it all day.
If I think about it, I can stop myself, but as soon as I concentrate on something else, it starts up again. Lots of people are like me with that. It gets me a lot of dirty looks.
this post is soooo encouraging and makes me feel happie!!
motivates me to bounce my legs more often!!! hahahahah
Actually, there's a little controversy over this, probably because of the name. But my friend is a foot bouncer and was told by her doctor she has RLS. We try to make her stop, but then she stops breathing or twitchig somewhere else. (no harm ment, she starts breathing again)
But ya, she's rail thin. I'm assuming it has something to do with it...
Sitting-meetings, general and/or with talking involved
Sitting-reading, book, newspaper, etc.
Sitting-playing with child(ren)-vigorous
bad formatting aside, that is from fitday. the digits are calories burned per hour. now we all know that is just a "guesstimate" but it shows there is a definate difference.
walking to and from your car while at work can burn calories - yet on the other side of the coin, i work up a swet doing housework once a week and don't really count that either. for arguments sake, i totally agree with the 25 calories per hour fidgiting~
25 calories per hour for "fidgeting"???
then wouldn't bouncing ur legs burn more??
because fidgeting is only using your hands , but bouncing ur legs using ur entire lower body.
* stephn1e *
hahaha! thanks for making me laugh :) i've heard before about BUTT CHEEK CLENCHES, but ive never been too motivated. but after reading ur post, hahaha, i think from now on, it'll stick to my head hahaha. thanks again!
Fidgeting includes leg-bouncing, sorry.
It's a whole-body fidget.
Maybe you mean futzing, which I understand to be a hand-based activity. :)
* trustwomen *
fidgeting.. i thought it was when you just played around with ur fingers...? maybe im wrong?!!? i've never heard of futzing before lol.