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Lightly Active? Moderately Active? Who knows...

I am trying to figure out my RMR using an online calculator. I'm really not sure if I'm Lightly Active or Moderately Active. Anyone know a website with this information? Or, how much activity do you and and what do you consider yourself?

Fri. Mar 23, 12:46pm

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I consider myself to be moderately active. I do cardio for a minimum of 40 minutes 5 times a week and strength train at least 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, and work as a waitress so i'm often running around. I'm not sure what the set guidelines are though.

Friday, March 23, 2007, 1:20 PM

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wow, 120, you sound Very Active to me!

Friday, March 23, 2007, 1:33 PM

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I work at a restaurant 3 days a week, go to school 2(I have to walk 3 flights of stairs and about a 3 min walk from parking walk to building), raise 4 children which keep me on the goooooo, and walk 2 miles a day 5 days a week so I consider myself very active .

Friday, March 23, 2007, 2:04 PM

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Aim low - go for the Lightly Active. IMost people tend to overestimate their activity anyway. Or you could calculate the RMR using both settings and use an average of the two. Since it is a subjective description, it probably isn't that accurate anyway.

Friday, March 23, 2007, 2:24 PM

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I'm the 1:20 pm poster. I consider myself to be moderately active because "very active" to me is someone who works a very hard manual labor job (construction/factory work where you are lifting heavy objects regularly) and/or exercising for an hour or more, 7 days a week.

I definitely agree w/ 2:24 in that I don't want to overestimate my activity level (and therefore my calorie needs) and end up not reaching my goals because of it. I calculated my RMR by estimating my activity level and I was able to lose a lot of weight at a healthy pace that way.

Friday, March 23, 2007, 11:53 PM

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The website below has a description of the different activities. I myself use fitday - put myself as sedentary and then log any walking, biking, or workouts I do. It comes out that by RMR I'd actually be considered "Moderately active".

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Saturday, March 24, 2007, 9:10 AM

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