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August 10, 2012 8:58 AM
I usually record my exercise as walking 2.5 mph for say 20 minutes which gives me about a hundred calories burned. I take my toddler with me on these walks and push her in her stroller. If I put pushing a stroller for 20 minutes it gives me about 80 calories burned. What I'm wondering is if I should enter both of these as cardiovascular exercise? My thought process is that pushing a toddler (who weighs 25 lbs) in a stroller adds some resistance thus I will burn more calories than if I am just walking 2.5 mph. Also, the pace is verified via my pedometer so I know she's not slowing me down. Thanks in advance for any input!
August 10, 2012 9:05 AM
When I take my son out in a stoller for a walk, I put on my heart rate monitor and log that calorie estimate. If you don't have a heart rate monitor, I would log the walking 2.5 mph as the activity. Logging both, I think, would result in the calorie burn being too high.
  8447411
August 10, 2012 9:09 AM
I didn't realize that 'pushing a stroller' was an option as a calorie burn....dang it! I walked to get my kids the other day, pushing the toddler in the stroller one way and the baby the other way, so I walked almost an hour total pushing the stroller the whole way. I looked up walking w/ stroller but it didn't come up.
August 10, 2012 9:11 AM
"pushing a stroller" already includes the fact that you are walking. how else would you be pushing it? just log one.
  20194529
August 10, 2012 9:15 AM
I just wish there was some way to combine the two since it doesnt make sense that pushing her results in less calories burned than walking 2.5 mph. Using a heart monitor sounds like a great idea though! Thanks!
August 10, 2012 9:17 AM
It's said that the resistance added really doesn't add a substantial amount of calorie burn, but I might test it out once I get my HRM up and running.
  20460497
August 10, 2012 9:22 AM
I have always logged pushing a stroller with child bc you do burn more cals trust me it may not seem like much but it is. I have lost 60lbs before now and (before I gained it all back) I saw that when I pushed my daughter in the stroller all over town the # on the scale got smaller faster i'm just sayin from one mom to another. I even go shopping about a mile from my apt and I pack that stroller with goodies and push it back no tellin how many extra lil cals iI am burning. I even ride with her on my bike (I have a middle mounted child carrier) and that weighs + the addition of her 20 something extra pounds.
  26381212
August 10, 2012 9:25 AM
The best advice that I have heard on this matter is to walk for your normal walk without the stroller at a faster pace to match how you feel and/or sweat when you are walking with the stroller. Then log that pace for how long you are actually walking. So you go 2.5 mph with the stroller and without you have to walk 3mph to feel the same way so just log it as 3 mph. I think that they have the calorie burn so low when pushing the stroller because they are thinking that you are going very slow like at farmers market or window shopping or something and not just walking.
  25889410
August 10, 2012 9:27 AM
Plus I think that they are just thinking of a little light weight stroller...nothing like the mondo duble stroller that I use!
  25889410
August 11, 2012 2:06 PM
Lol yes I bet that's it - they're probably thinking umbrella stroller or something!
August 13, 2012 11:00 AM
I need to delete some of my recipes and I don't see an option to do that. Does anyone know how I can? Then, the only thing that I don't like about the recipes is that it does not show individual ingredients. I can look back and see calories, but if I don't remember how I made it, I'm out of luck when I want to make it again. Each recipe that I log, really should show the entire recipe.

Thanks Sandie,
AKA scangel254
August 13, 2012 11:37 AM
Food > recipes (happens to be the spot you go to delete your recipes too, highlight the one you want to delete by "mousing over it" and the "add to diary" and "delete" buttons appear on the right of the recipe name field

the list of every recipe you've entered, AND the ability to click to the recipe and view the ingredients. It's how i was able to re-do my recipe card when the last pretzel recipe card went through the wash. Only had it on the one recipe card and thankfully here on MFP.
Edited by Pandorian On August 13, 2012 11:38 AM
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August 14, 2012 5:42 AM
this is the exact type of exercise i do on a daily basis. and i can tell you it is a lot of calories burned! i wear a polar FT7 heart rate monitor and have done my trail with my kid/stroller and without. trust me...there is a difference.

for example, today we walked for 135 minutes. i live in switzerland and it is wine country where i live...so lots of hills and trails. my kid is 35lbs, my stroller is 20lbs (phil & teds sport buggy...the thing is solid). my HRM says i burned 856 calories. i also enter my weight as 5lbs less than what i actually weigh so that i factor in margin for error. my HRM is also the kind with the chest strap so i'm pretty sure it's accurate within say 5-10% error. on some of the inclines, i get my heart rate up to 165bpm and believe me, i am sweating.

if i were to do the walk alone, without pushing my kid in his stroller, the same walk with the same amount of time is about 30% less in calories burned and i only max out at 145bpm on the inclines.

i'm not the expert but if anyone ever told me that pushing a toddler in stroller was NOT exercise, i'd have to beg to differ. you can also MAKE it more cardiovascular if you start trying to cut down your time. right now, the route that we do takes me over 2 hours. i'd like to get that under 2 hours in a month's time. maybe mix in some light jogging and speed walking where i can.

you just have to be creative and work with what you've got as far as exercise. maybe throw in some ankle weights!

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