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 JustStand.org, 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!