Calories Burned Taking Care of 11 month old boy.

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toodlesba

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Posted: 16 Aug 2010, 19:40
I spend a lot of time taking care of, chasing, carrying and worrying over my wonderful super active 11 month old son. There doesn't seem to be a choice in the exercise diary for this type of exercise. I know it has to be significant because I am much more tired after watching my boy for 2 hours than I am after walking 4 miles to work or going to the gym for an hour. I usually put it down as housework.



Does anyone else encounter this when inputting your exercise and if so what do you enter this exercise as?

Tim
Tofa Soifua

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jaym222

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Posted: 16 Aug 2010, 20:15
I think i would personally choose a sport to compare it to. Watching a child requires quick reflexes, and sudden starts and stops. But admitedly there is allot of time when your dormant and just waiting for some action to happen....
With that in mind i think a couple of hours of running around with the kids can be the equivelant of playing a baseball game.
If the kids running around anymore than that on a regular basis...find yourself a good agent, youve got the next track star on your hands!
Best of luck!
toodlesba

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Posted: 16 Aug 2010, 21:17
Baseball or maybe tennis. I wonder if there is a listing somewhere online for calories burned for child care.
Tofa Soifua

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sherilyn70

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Posted: 16 Aug 2010, 22:30
I'd have to ask why you want to nit pic over a number such as that. Are you trying to count it as excercise as a means to not do any? Are you looking for an excuse to eat more food? The only reason it might factor in is if you find yourself feeling leathargic or ill because you aren't eating enough. Otherwise just count as part of every day living.
toodlesba

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 13:30
Obviously sherilyn70 has not looked at my exercise or food diaries. I am very detailed in inputting both "exercise" (term used by this site)/activity, and foods that I've eaten. They have choices for sitting, standing, housework etc in the exercise diary, why would asking about child care seem like I am asking for an excuse not to exercise? I want to have a very accurate idea as to the number of calories actually burned so that I can monitor exactly how much I should eat for the day. I am not afraid of exercise. On a slow day I walk to and from work (roundtrip 8 miles).
Tofa Soifua

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Grouch Marx
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 14:05
I've often wondered about this too. I have 4-year old twins of my own, and I babysit a 14-month old boy 30 hours a week. I know that I must be burning all day, but I just don't think there is an accurate way to track it. I know that there is equipment, such as a Body Bugg, that can do that, but I think they are quite expensive. I just figure the energy I burn while chasing after kids, or doing loads housework (which I feel I am constantly doing) is a bonus! Actually, I've stopped tracking fitness on this site completely. I just try to work my butt off every single day. Sometimes it's in the gym, sometimes it's at home.
keithd112

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 14:10
Toodlesba try this. The only thing you will have to do is drop your time and calories burned in the "other" category for exercises.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/momme/2009/06/online-calculators-give-skinny-on-calories-burned.html
Train hard expect results
sherilyn70

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 14:14
Obviously Toodlesba has not understood what I am saying if he thinks that I need to look at his exercise diary for something. Smile

Lets not make assumptions.

I'm asking why you really need it that down the wire? It sounds like you answered my question though by saying it was so you could figure out how much you should eat. Find a healthy number, stick with it... if you find yourself exausted and lethargic add in more food. If you find you aren't losing weight at lower numbers then throw in some extra food. It's a pretty simple formula. But until you've actually tried it you're just trying to beat the system by adding in food because you burned calories taking care of your child.
miss_janine

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 14:15
I also have been inputting my time with my 10 month old as Housework - but I believe Child Care should be an option, along with age groups lol..."pre-crawler" "walker" etc!!
~Janine~
jl062808

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Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 14:25
I would also like to be able to add that to my tracker. Not to cheat and eat more food, my boot camp instructor has a set # of calories that I am eating a day now anyways. But I would like to see a more exact number so I can see progress inbetween my weigh-ins.
Johanne

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Posted: 06 Sep 2010, 18:19
Sherilyn, I think you don't see the funny here. By the way Tim, what an absolutely ADORABLE little boy. I would compare it to gardening or housework. I know an hour with my grandkids who are one, three and 3 1/2 absolutely wears me out. LOL. I want to live in Samoa!!! Will you adopt me as a Grammy, please? Smile

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. -- Swedish Proverb

Hara Hachi Bu! The problem is, when do you know you are? LOL!

Calories are the little buggers that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.
skinnygirl13...

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Posted: 06 Sep 2010, 18:25
I have another site that has carrying an infant and I think it has pushing a stroller. I put the link on here for you and you can add it in as other in fs log.

http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc

I use it for other things as well.
Johanne

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Posted: 06 Sep 2010, 23:33
Skinnygirl, that is amazing! It has weaving cloth!!! I do a lot of that and needed that calculation.

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. -- Swedish Proverb

Hara Hachi Bu! The problem is, when do you know you are? LOL!

Calories are the little buggers that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.
skinnygirl13...

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Posted: 07 Sep 2010, 10:50
Glad it helped Smile
fawkesmom

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Posted: 07 Sep 2010, 13:57
When I babysit for my friend's active 2 year old I mark it down as housework. I noticed that housework as listed here burns a lot of calories so I think it must be intended for very active housework.
Jada Petsch

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Posted: 07 Sep 2010, 14:03
I've been wondering about this too since I'm a stay at home mom of a very active 17month old. XD I've just left it out everyday, but maybe I should start putting it under housework. That is an idea. She's like a wiggly 30lb weight that goes from 0-10mph in 0.3seconds.
One choice at a time. One day at a time.
toodlesba

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Posted: 07 Sep 2010, 14:17
@Johanne - There is always room for additional family members in Samoa. I am glad you realized the light and fun purpose of my original post!

@Skinnygirl130 - Thanks for the link I will put it to use.
Tofa Soifua

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Grouch Marx
Johanne

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Posted: 08 Sep 2010, 17:37
I have had Samoan friends over the years and it's somewhere I have ALWAYS wanted to go. The problem with being my age is that I will probably never get a chance too. Smile And, yes, I thought your original post was hilarious!!!

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. -- Swedish Proverb

Hara Hachi Bu! The problem is, when do you know you are? LOL!

Calories are the little buggers that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.



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