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September 14, 2011 7:52 PM
I am an artist and paint and/or draw quite a bit. Sometimes standing, sometimes sitting. These aren't in the database and I can't add them because I don't know how many calories they burn. I usually end up putting fishing or music playing. I would really like to get a more accurate number for these activities.
  8737481
September 14, 2011 7:54 PM
hmmm. since this is your profession; a frequent / daily activity, I don't think you should count it at all.

blessings.
September 14, 2011 7:54 PM
QUOTE:

I am an artist and paint and/or draw quite a bit. Sometimes standing, sometimes sitting. These aren't in the database and I can't add them because I don't know how many calories they burn. I usually end up putting fishing or music playing. I would really like to get a more accurate number for these activities.


You could probably find them on another site somewhere, but if you have your activity level set to reflect the kind of activity that is in your day you don't need to add these as additional calories, they are already accounted for. Much easier this way!
  4147547
September 14, 2011 7:54 PM
QUOTE:

I am an artist and paint and/or draw quite a bit. Sometimes standing, sometimes sitting. These aren't in the database and I can't add them because I don't know how many calories they burn. I usually end up putting fishing or music playing. I would really like to get a more accurate number for these activities.


wear a heart rate monitor.... but if this is something you do daily as your job, the caloric intake MFP has given you should reflect your current regular lifestyle (i.e. when you don't work out).

in my opinion, most people think they are much more active then they are, and tend to under-estimate how much food they actually eat. you should change your activity level to one under what you probably think it is. just my $0.02.
September 14, 2011 7:58 PM
change your activity level on your settings to lightly active or active, so you get more calories overall!
  7587537
September 14, 2011 8:00 PM
I'm an artist too, I paint and make lampwork beads. I wouldn't count these things as exercise, I'd put them under my 'activity level' (ie, Sedentary or lightly active etc).
Edited by nz_deevaa On September 14, 2011 8:01 PM
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September 14, 2011 8:02 PM
I'm not a moderator, hope it's not inappropriate of me to comment, but I wonder if there's a scientific study pertaining to calories burned while painting. I too have been an avid painter since I was very young, and I know I get pretty worked up over it. (Ya, I'm the one with more paint on me than the board;) ) I listen to really intense classical music mostly while painting, sometimes rock/metal. I always sweat profusely no matter how cool it is. I wear a sports bra and cotton shorts to paint in with my hair up in a clip, even in the winter. Sure I'm standing and moving my arms a bit, but the thing that burns the most energy is what's going on in my brain. I don't know how you could possibly quantify that.
  10750347
September 14, 2011 8:02 PM
QUOTE:

hmmm. since this is your profession; a frequent / daily activity, I don't think you should count it at all.

blessings.


I agree. I'm a stay at home mom and I don't count my daily cleaning as exercise. If you spend a good deal of the day on your feet I would just change your activity level to lightly active.
  2469411
September 14, 2011 8:09 PM
QUOTE:

I'm not a moderator, hope it's not inappropriate of me to comment, but I wonder if there's a scientific study pertaining to calories burned while painting. I too have been an avid painter since I was very young, and I know I get pretty worked up over it. (Ya, I'm the one with more paint on me than the board;) ) I listen to really intense classical music mostly while painting, sometimes rock/metal. I always sweat profusely no matter how cool it is. I wear a sports bra and cotton shorts to paint in with my hair up in a clip, even in the winter. Sure I'm standing and moving my arms a bit, but the thing that burns the most energy is what's going on in my brain. I don't know how you could possibly quantify that.


I was just thinking, painting would certainly burn calories if you're doing it the chaotic Jackson Pollack way.
September 14, 2011 8:35 PM
Get yourself a heart rate monitor. I'm an artist too, but my heart rate has never been high enough while painting to consider logging it as exercise! I do acknowledge that some painters paint with more flourish than I do, however!
September 14, 2011 9:14 PM
Jorra-
Jackson Pollack was a weenie! ;)

Javamonster-
I'm totally going to do that (HRM), I'm dying to know how much energy my brain is using when I get in that zone, not for logging it as exercise, but just to know what kind of energy requirement the brain can have!
  10750347
November 14, 2013 10:55 AM
Hmmm, honestly if you are want to configure calories in- calories out then I would definitely count it- you need to get a good idea of what you are consuming and what's being used. I'd do this for about a week or two - you gotta think it takes 3,000 calories to burn off one pound. I have a daily goal of burning 800- 1,000 calories- the minimum is 3 times a week- but by the end of the week I've lost anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds. It's worth a shot to try so you can see what's going on with your calories. Hope that helps.
  13360566
November 14, 2013 11:03 AM
QUOTE:

Jorra-
Jackson Pollack was a weenie! ;)

Javamonster-
I'm totally going to do that (HRM), I'm dying to know how much energy my brain is using when I get in that zone, not for logging it as exercise, but just to know what kind of energy requirement the brain can have!



http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=thinking-hard-calories

"Unlike physical exercise, mental workouts probably do not demand significantly more energy than usual."

"...the evidence as a whole is mixed and most of the changes in glucose levels range from the miniscule to the small."


Unless what you're thinking about is raising your heart rate for emotional reasons, an HRM isn't going to tell you much, if anything.
November 14, 2013 11:07 AM
Also keep in mind that an HRM would not be all that effective for this type of activity since I would assume you don't keep your heart rate elevated for a consistent amount of time.
Edited by Hornsby On November 14, 2013 11:07 AM
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March 31, 2014 10:12 PM
I found a Web site called calorielab.com you can look up any exercise and your weight and time and it will help you calculate your calories burned. I just found it looking for the same answers you all were looking for. I hope this helps you as well as it helped me.

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