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TOPIC: Calories Burned Driving

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May 19, 2009 5:26 PM
In the next few days I have to do a far amount of driving, should I enter this in the system? I googled it, and I would burn around 420 calories on my 2.5 hr drive (which I have to do both thursday and friday).
May 19, 2009 5:34 PM
How exactly does one burn calories while sitting down and slightly moving their arms? And I seriously mean that in a non-sarcastic way....
  190427
May 19, 2009 5:34 PM
in my opinion no because driving isn't exercise unless your fred flinstone and using your feet
May 19, 2009 5:35 PM
I am skeptical about adding calories for driving. It seems as sedentary as an office job. What do others think?
  141386
May 19, 2009 5:35 PM
I personally do not log things like driving or anything outside of gym/exercise time. Unless you are intentionally putting effort in to a workout and trying to burn calories, it shouldn't be logged. Once again, this is my opinion.
  63679
May 19, 2009 5:38 PM
I agree I only log gym/excercise or if i am working in the yard and it is really hard work than i will count that. I don't count mowing the lawn (mine is not huge though) and i don't count the half mile walk to and from work either. I also down play my calories burned to the nearest hundred. If my HRM says 658 I only count 600.

That is just my opinion though and so far it seems to be working.
  146398
May 19, 2009 5:40 PM
Yah I don't know how you burn that many either, but 3 sources all came up with approximately the same numbers...I usually don't count anything other than a workout, unless I do some hard-core cleaning or something like that... but those 2 days that I'm doing lots of driving I won't have much time to actually work out... so thats why I was pushing it...
May 19, 2009 5:44 PM
Those calories are already factored into your daily calorie burning, your bmr, which is how many calories you burn each day sitting around doing nothing, which is about what driving is! laugh
  72572
May 19, 2009 5:46 PM
Maybe those websites were wrong about the amount of calories burned. ohwell How often do you see long-haul truck drivers who look as fantastic as Tami or Banks? bigsmile
May 19, 2009 5:49 PM
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Maybe those websites were wrong about the amount of calories burned. ohwell How often do you see long-haul truck drivers who look as fantastic as Tami or Banks? bigsmile


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May 19, 2009 5:49 PM
Alrighty then...
May 19, 2009 5:54 PM
Actually, you do burn calories while remaining idle, although it is not much. I wear a GoWearFit armband daily and I burn on average anywhere from one to 1.3 calories a minute while simply sitting or being inactive, same thing when sleeping. It's different for everyone, but if you want to know exactly how many calories a day you are burning then get yourself a calorie counter but I would recommend either the BodyBugg or the GoWearFIt! :)
Edited by Delphi On May 19, 2009 5:55 PM
  207720
May 19, 2009 6:00 PM
Yeah I have days where I do lots of driving too (I drive back and forth between college and home, a two-hour drive, and then sometimes hike down to Muskegon and back which is an additional hour) but i wouldn't count that into my calories. I would assume that's just normal metabolism, not extraneous effort calorie burning like when you work out. Also, if you don't count it and it does burn cals, that certainly can't hurt you, right? Better to err on the side of caution! drinker
  21786
May 19, 2009 6:01 PM
QUOTE:

Maybe those websites were wrong about the amount of calories burned. ohwell How often do you see long-haul truck drivers who look as fantastic as Tami or Banks? bigsmile

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Thanks for that!! flowerforyou flowerforyou
  39610
May 19, 2009 6:03 PM
I would say that driving is in with your lifestyle...so when you choose active, sedentary, etc...it's already a part of that. At least that is what I would think!!

I've never counted driving personally! smile
  39610
May 19, 2009 6:04 PM
My hubby drives truck and judging from the size of his and most trucker's bellies...trust me don't count it. laugh
January 16, 2010 2:28 AM
Has anyone considered that the size of truckers bellies could be due to the fact that they don't have much choice when it comes to eating healthy. I am a truck driver and I just recently started watching my calorie intake and I never realized how much crap there is at truck stops. Even the meals that you would think are healthy are still 700 to 1000 calories. Since I have started watching my calories I have lost almost 20 lbs since the beginning of the year (thanks largely to the fact that I have a fridge in my truck and can keep healthier food) and I do not excersise at all. Maybe my metabolism is high or maybe it's because I am DRIVING 11 hours a day.
January 16, 2010 3:38 AM
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Maybe those websites were wrong about the amount of calories burned. ohwell How often do you see long-haul truck drivers who look as fantastic as Tami or Banks? bigsmile


Wow, that was an unexpected little shot in the arm today! flowerforyou

Thanks!
January 16, 2010 3:43 AM
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Has anyone considered that the size of truckers bellies could be due to the fact that they don't have much choice when it comes to eating healthy. I am a truck driver and I just recently started watching my calorie intake and I never realized how much crap there is at truck stops. Even the meals that you would think are healthy are still 700 to 1000 calories. Since I have started watching my calories I have lost almost 20 lbs since the beginning of the year (thanks largely to the fact that I have a fridge in my truck and can keep healthier food) and I do not excersise at all. Maybe my metabolism is high or maybe it's because I am DRIVING 11 hours a day.


Let's make sure we say this accurately, they have a choice, but if they choose to eat what a truckstop restaurant offers, then they don't have many options, but that doesn't mean they don't have much choice. I would ask how many times they drive by supermarkets during the day, if they factor in 20 minutes at a supermarket and remove that 20 minutes from their stay at a truck stop, voila, you have a day's worth (or more if you're like js and have a small fridge in the truck) of healthy snacks. Is it as convenient as walking into the truck stop? Nope, but then again, that's what made them overweight in the first place. Life isn't always convenient.
January 16, 2010 6:24 AM
What kind of driving are we talking about?

If it's straight across the prairie driving, and you have time to play with your radio presets...no I wouldn't log that.

However, if it's on a knarly road in the mountains, you have to be alert to everything around you, and you have to tighten up your core to stay in your seat, and hang onto the steering wheel for dear life.....I would consider it. Just one hour of that and you'd be pretty damn tired.

I'm opening a can of worms here. But there's a reason Sprint Cup drivers have implemented proffessional athlete type work outs in the past 10 years.
April 21, 2011 10:27 AM
I just drove 13 Hours j am counting that.. I did it when I should gave been sleeping
  1559095
April 30, 2011 9:38 AM
Yes, I count it if it falls outside the normal driving I do. I drove 4 hours to another city and counted it.

Here's where the good sense enters into the equation. Don't use that burn as an excuse to stuff a hostess bar in your face. If you get hungry, EAT. Get some whole grain carbs. I had some bread with chickpeas curry. Did that exceed my normal calorie intake? Yes. Do I care? No. My body knows better than any tool how much food I need.

I suggest: Stop obsessing over numbers and scales. Use the tools for guidance and record but listen to your body for definitive advice.
April 30, 2011 9:39 AM
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in my opinion no because driving isn't exercise unless your fred flinstone and using your feet


!!!LOL!!! I used my kids play car the other day and totally missed the opportunity to count that!
April 30, 2011 9:54 AM
Logging "Driving" makes about as much sense to me as logging "Watching TV". You're only deluding yourself and your body certainly won't be fooled.
  7073870
April 30, 2011 10:01 AM
Sarcasm aside, I could see if you drove the whole time without touching your back to the seat. That would work your core. But in all reality, you are most likely slumped as comfortably as you can get. If that's the case, I might count the hour I spend typing on here in a day.

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