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Char Gets...

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 14:06
change Activity Points from Weight Watchers into calories burned? I mow the lawn using a push mower, WW has that automatically figured into their activity counter, so all I need to do is add the time spent mowing, and it gives me my APs (Activity Points). But I'd like to use the tools on this site, and they don't list mowing the lawn. lLaughing So...does anyone know how I can figure calories burned? Or turn APs into calories burned? Thanks for any help. Wink
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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 17:39
Weight Watchers won't let another app do this. Proprietary rights.

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 18:16
I'd say you have a few options.
1.) Invest in a quality heart rate monitor or some type of "Fit Bit" device to be able to calculate and record your calories burned.
2.) Locate a similar activity and swap it out in your exercise diary. So maybe choose "Walking: 3 mph" instead of mowing the lawn. Pushing the mower makes your actual activity more strenuous than just plain walking (just as pushing a stroller would..), but I wouldn't worry about it.. FatSecret tends to overestimate exercise calories anyway..
3.) Don't put the lawn mowing into your exercise diary and do a little extra happy dance when you record a bigger loss on the scale because you had bonus exercise calories that you didn't log! Smile

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 18:42
Unless you are using the WW ActiveLink, the points on their site are exaggerated. How many calories you burn depends on age, weight, gender, and effort. I second the get a HRM, Body Media or FitBit.
Char Gets...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2013, 19:59
after checking through the WW site and doing some bing'ing, they're saying that a rough way to calculate is 1 AP =100 calories.that seemed a bit steep to me, so I'm counting it as 1AP=50 calories. Very Happy I'd rather underestimate on the calories being burned then over estimate it,and this site seems to over estimate enough on it's own. Wink
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This is a good starting point, but you really need an exercise plan to maximize the results. Even if it is just walking. Get moving!
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