BodyRecomposition Support Forums  

Go Back   BodyRecomposition Support Forums > General information > General training questions
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 11-25-2015, 07:01 PM
lightng lightng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 211
Default Can treadmill desks burn an appreciable amount of calories?

I've gotten a Fitbit Zip a few days ago to get a better handle on my overall activity throughout the day.

Noticing that i'm extremely inactive outside of weight lifting (~2k steps a day), I decided to add a makeshift desk to my treadmill.

Since the work i'm doing requires some decent degree of mouse precision and concentration, I walk at a sustained pace of 1.5 mph with no incline.

I've done just over 20 000 steps for today, burning an approximate of (according to the fitbit) 2,784 calories without breaking a sweat.

It doesn't even feel like i'm doing cardio and my appetite (for this very first day, at least) doesn't seem to have spiked or anything.

My question is, despite me walking at an obvious snails pace, could I burn a good amount of calories if I were to do this for around 4-5 hours per day?


Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Unread 11-26-2015, 03:30 AM
Txomin Txomin is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 679
Default

Your body does not run on fairy dust so, yeah, bar turning magical your metabolism will burn additional calories. This is uncontroversial.

What's unclear to me is if this is a sound weight loss strategy.
__________________
Eat/train as much as you need not as much as you can
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Unread 11-26-2015, 06:13 AM
beatle beatle is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 67
Default

I have a hard time believing that you are burning that many calories on your treadmill, unless I misunderstood and you mean total calories. I can ride a hard 4 hour bicycle ride (hammer fest/race practice)and typically burn about 2000 Calories.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Unread 11-26-2015, 09:08 AM
lylemcd's Avatar
lylemcd lylemcd is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 22,641
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beatle View Post
I have a hard time believing that you are burning that many calories on your treadmill, unless I misunderstood and you mean total calories. I can ride a hard 4 hour bicycle ride (hammer fest/race practice)and typically burn about 2000 Calories.
And given that that is 1000% unrealistic for most people but thanks for playing. Most can't hammer for 4 hours on a bike. Most don't have time in their lives. But thanks for being myopic and projecting your singular irrelevant example out into the world.

But let's look at the math

Sitting is about 1 cal/min. Standing is 2 cal/min or so. If you're burning 3 cal/min on a treadmill desk. That's 2 cal/min more than sitting.

Over an hour that's 120 calories.
Over an 8 hour shift that 960 calories

So yes they can. Even over 4 hours of walking, that's an additional 500 calories per day which is an hour of moderate to hard exercise.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Unread 11-26-2015, 10:44 AM
mr._mulligan mr._mulligan is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 141
Default

Episode 95 of Sigma Nutrition had Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic. He lost a lot of weight by switching to a treadmill desk.

http://sigmanutrition.com/episode95/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Unread 12-05-2015, 04:31 PM
lightng lightng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 211
Default

Just out of curiosity, even though the intensity of this added exerise is extremely low but over a very long distance (i've been walking roughly 10 miles daily), could I be depleting glycogen and would benefit from increased carbohydrates?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Unread 12-06-2015, 09:12 AM
lylemcd's Avatar
lylemcd lylemcd is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 22,641
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lightng View Post
Just out of curiosity, even though the intensity of this added exerise is extremely low but over a very long distance (i've been walking roughly 10 miles daily), could I be depleting glycogen and would benefit from increased carbohydrates?
No.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.