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July 20, 2010 6:58 AM
Does anyone know? How is the calorie expenditure of "thinking" even measured? The harder one thinks, the more they'll burn??? I'm so curious about this & I'm sure it's just "wishful thinking"...tongue I'm certain everyone burns a few cals per hour "thinking" but it's probably not enough to really matter. I just wanted to get someone else's take on this. Thanks for thinking about this question with me! flowerforyou
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July 20, 2010 7:08 AM
I think I burned at least 5 calories reading your post but that's not enough to put in my exercise journal! You're too funny. Thanks for the laugh.
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July 20, 2010 7:20 AM
I wish it burned a ton! If that was true I would be SUPER SKINNY by now and not even need the gym or calorie counting.laugh
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July 20, 2010 7:25 AM
Good question - I think about this too!

I like to think I am burning more while I am doing my studies (1st year doctoral student) as I have to think REALLY hard in comparision to sitting about watching TV. Bound to be burning a little more with all that blood pumping round my brain making me smarter ;)

Or I could just be trying to grasp at extra exercise calories where there are none!
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July 20, 2010 9:40 AM
It depends on your hair color. Blondes burn more calories when they attempt to think because it's a lot more work!!! lol
July 20, 2010 9:52 AM
Love the blonde comment LOL

Well, here's the bad news. I've been using a body bug for about 60 days now and I wear it at work, in the car, at the gym etc. I'm unhappy to report that I burn approximately the same amount of calories sitting at my desk working and typing and thinking away as I do when I'm sleeping.

It's been very eye-opening....I've been making a concentrated effort to get up and walk every hour or so, just to increase my calorie burn.

I also discovered that, although I feel that I'm working really hard, I don't burn a whole lot of calories when doing yoga, pilates, or stretching. I do burn more cleaning house, doing laundrey and shopping than I would have given myself credit for.

Sorry for the bad news for all those students out there but now you know where the "freshman 15" comes from.

Makes me wonder if I shouldn't give up the office job for something a little more active....and WHY AM I SO TIRED at the end of the day?
Edited by lessertess On July 20, 2010 9:54 AM
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July 20, 2010 10:00 AM
i know i used to burn a bunch of calories just my spandex pants on to work out.....laugh embarassed
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July 20, 2010 10:06 AM
QUOTE:

It depends on your hair color. Blondes burn more calories when they attempt to think because it's a lot more work!!! lol


Well that's good to know, that I am burning more calories than all the non-blondes out there! wink laugh
July 20, 2010 10:17 AM
I would say that depending on the thinking then it could be a lot. My husband has a mentally stressful job and when he's programming (which is what he does for fun, I know NERD!) he actually sweats a lot. It would definately be interesting to figure out. I think I'll have him wear my HRM when he's doing a lot of thinking.
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July 20, 2010 11:38 AM
QUOTE:

It depends on your hair color. Blondes burn more calories when they attempt to think because it's a lot more work!!! lol


LOL!!! Nancy, I say we dye our hair blond for a month to lose those few last lbs...

@ sbilyeu75 - Interesting...Wonder if an HRM would measure this...
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