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Am I considered lightly active or moderately active?

Asked by chelle21689 (7770points) March 9th, 2012

I work as cashier for my parents at their grocery shop about 30–32 hours a week. Most days I sit down when it isn’t busy but when it’s the weekend (2 out of the 5 days I’m there) I’m walking around a lot: showing customers where items are, finding things, walking over to my dad’s office to cash checks, lift groceries to bag (which can be over 5lbs at times), and put baskets away that can weigh as heavy as 10lbs or more.

I try to work out at least 3x a week. I run a 9–10 minute mille and then I lift weights and do ab work for about 1hr-1.5 hrs

At home I’m not very active, I usually sit on my laptop lol. But me and my bf on nights out try to do something active like bowling but that isn’t always the case. Once summer hits, we definitely will be doing more active things though! lol

I’m 23, female, about 116 lbs, 5’3

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wundayatta's avatar

I’d say lightly to moderately active. You could benefit from adding more activity; especially regular exercise like bicycling or jogging or hiking weights or some combination of all that.

JLeslie's avatar

I say moderate.

chelle21689's avatar

@Wundayatta…I think I’m between the two. I’d add more activity but it’s kind of hard when you work and have school. 3x a week of weightlifting/running doesn’t count as regular exercise? As I mentioned before once warm weather hits definitely will be out more often :P

marinelife's avatar

If you are working out three days a week, you are moderately active.

ETpro's avatar

I’d vote moderate as well. If you want to take it up a notch, alternate days of the aerobic work with free-weights or a good machine for strength training. Building muscle mass means strength training like lifting, but you do not do that every day. The muscles require a day to rebuild between each session. The day off is the prefect time for a cardio workout.

Not being that good at remembering what I did yesterday, I came up with a plan that avoids doing lifting on successive days. I do a cardio workout that is called Heavyhands but I’ve worked up to 15 pound weights and swing them through a full range of different motions while I walk. I do the Heavyhands on odd numbered days and free weight training on even numbered days. That way I occasionally end up doing cardio on the 31st and the 1st, but I never do strength training on two successive days.

LuckyGuy's avatar

There are a couple of ways to quantify it.
You can get a cheap pedometer to put a quantitative number on your activity.
You can honestly measure your calorie intake for a week and see if you gain or lose weight. Then go the US government site and see what the recommended calorie intake is for a person of your size and weight and see what activity level matches up to your intake.

You can step up your activity by wearing wrist weights under your shirt. You will be exercising continuously. If you don’t believe it, try wearing 250 grams on each wrist for a day. You will be exhausted at the end of the day. – and will sleep like a baby!

Congratulations for understanding this concept so early in life. Many people don’t (or won’t) get it. until it is too late.

filmfann's avatar

At Best Buy or Frys, there is a device called a Fit Clip. It is a small clip you can wear, and it measures your activity. A friend of mine got one, and has lost over 60 pounds!
I will probably get one soon. It simply keeps track of your activity.

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