Friday, September 27, 2013

Really? I burned 812 calories by standing?

Okay so I just recently changed my geometry classroom around so that I am standing at the document camera to present the notes instead of sitting in the back of the room.  I really like the new set-up and I had heard a lot about the benefits of standing versus sitting while working.  I also am a little close to my calorie threshold today before dinner (the student baked cupcake was too nice to resist!) so I was looking for ways I burnt calories today to maybe get me an extra 50 calories to keep me under.  By using the calorie counter at, I burnt an extra 187 calories by standing!  I was actually suprised how many calories you burn by sitting, but it takes energy to breath and move your fingers, so I guess that makes sense, but that makes me feel great!  A whole extra 187 calories!

Now comes the moral quandary of do I count these 187 calories?  It feels like cheating, but in my busy schedule it's cool to know that I am burning calories while I work.  I think I might reserve it for when I need a few extra calories to keep under goal.  Right now I haven't been logging any exercise from walking between my classrooms, or standing, or anything that could count.  It's just slightly overwhelming to think about every little bit of "exercise" that I did any given day.  I think if I got something like a fitbit to monitor my steps and it automatically downloaded my data for me then I would consider it,
but for right now, it just feels good to know that I have extra calories at my disposal should I need them!


  1. You could try using Moves which is a free app I have on my iPhone. It's supposed to track my steps. I've just been using it this week on and off, it might be something to consider. Also, I always count standing ;) Another app that I use to motivate me is GymPact. If I meet my exercise goals for the week, I get paid. If I don't, I have to pay for every day I didn't meet my goal.

  2. I will definitely check it out. I ended up counting the difference between standing and sitting and I was still over :(, but I wasn't making the best food decisions! GymPact sounds interesting, but I know for a fact they would be taking a lot of my money ;). Maybe later on when I need that extra boost to get out of a plateau!