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February 24, 2013 7:59 AM
So I teach middle school. I have 2 80-minute classes and 1-40 minute class. During that time, I'm on my feet for nearly 80% of the class time. My classroom is at the end of the building and our office/copier is at the opposite end. So I will walk down there at least 3 times a day. (It's usually brisk unless I have a ton of things I"m carrying.)

How would you count this as exercise? I definitely feel between the getting down on knees to talk to students, circling the room a few times, and the constant standing in the room has to count in some way.
February 24, 2013 8:06 AM
I'm a teacher, too. High school. Since the activity I do is consistent, meaning I do it everyday, my body is used to that activity, so I don't log it. Once you do an activity repetitively, your body adjusts and gets used to it, so I've read anyway. I don't log things I'd normally do, but some people do. JMO.
February 24, 2013 8:10 AM
I don't count it either.
February 24, 2013 8:11 AM
I don't log it either, but I do wear my fitbit everyday, so my steps and stairs synch. I find that I usually get in at least 10000 steps and over 10 flights of stairs.
February 24, 2013 8:12 AM
Teacher as well...Its our normal, daily routine. I dont count it as exercise. What you can do it get a fitbit, or a pedometer and try and reach 10,000 steps a day. :) Then that will automatically sync with mfp and tell you any extra calories burned. :) good luck!
February 24, 2013 8:13 AM
I am not a teacher but i don't count anything that i do not get my Heart rate .
February 24, 2013 8:13 AM
I don't log it as exercise, but I do have the activity level in my profile set to "lightly active" rather than "sedentary"
February 24, 2013 8:14 AM
I teach as well. I have taught kindergarten for three years and am now in preschool. I crouch, get down in the floor, dance, and run all day long- and might I add in dress shoes lol! I don't count my physical activity at school. I feel good doing it and I am sure real some benefit physically from it. I count physical activity as my actual exercise routine.
February 24, 2013 8:17 AM
Okay - thanks for all the honest advice. I agree that I typically don't log some of the teaching since I don't reach my heart rate, but someone had said she logs hers.

I have started walking around the building after school which is beneficial. :happy :

Kindergarten - I taught for 3 weeks in order to get my master's in reading and every day I had to take a nap because I was excited. I had 2 kids that were my responsibility. I felt like I was always making posters, games, and finding fun ways to teach. All from a middle school girl. Lots of respect to you Devon!
February 24, 2013 8:17 AM
Pre-K here..I have a fitbit and let it auto sync.I'm constantly running in circles around the classroom!! Good luck!!
February 24, 2013 8:19 AM
I work in the school environment, up and down the school corridors all day, though, I would not call that exercise as it does not cause my heart rate to increase. Your heart rate should increase when you exercise and you should be using more energy than usual. Hope this
February 24, 2013 8:20 AM
I would get a fit bit and just learn what your TDEE is - very amazing little tool.
February 24, 2013 9:07 AM
What is a fitbit? I do have a pedometer - I haven't worn in this year yet because I'm trying to locate it.
February 24, 2013 9:52 AM
A fitbit is an activity monitor that tracks your steps, flights of stairs, calories burned (I note it but I don't sync it) and distance you travel a day. I am a retired teacher/administrator. Pedometers didn't always work for me. My days were never the same. Go to and check out the options. There are different kinds. I got mine on ebay and use it to track my sleep as well. If you do extra walking to get in more steps, I would keep up with the time walking and the rate and log it. If you are doing what you normally do a day then I wouldn't count it. Good luck.
February 24, 2013 2:44 PM
I applaud you for teaching middle school. That is a, let's say, difficult age :)

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