There is one thing that I see a lot of peeps doing that I've never done.
I don't count my exercise calories.
To each there own.
There are a lot of apps out there on the interwebs that tell you how many calories that you burn doing a certain exercise or activity.
For example, here are the stats from a FANTASTIC hike this past weekend:
I know how I will cheat the system and these reeeeedonkulous thoughts will pop into my head.
It turns into a game of negotiations in my head:
"Well, you did burn 539 calories, that means you can eat a pack of pop tarts. BOTH of them. Put butter on them too!"
"Since you burned 539 calories, you could totally go to In-N-Out Burger. Right. Now. Yay!"
To sum it up: I get stupid in the head.
So when I began Zumba back in January 2010, I made a very conscious decision that I did NOT want to know how many calories I was burning.
Sure, the Zumba peeps love to brag about how Zumba burns over 1000 calories an hour.
That is fantabulous. I am jealous of your arm bands that tell you all those fun calories burned details.
But it's more important to me whether I exercise or not.
Plain and simple.
For me it's whether I check that "Yes, I worked out today" box on my to-do list.
I do like knowing distances that I walk. (I do not run. Unless a dinosaur is chasing me, of course)
I do like to know how many minutes that I have exercised for. That's kewl.
But I'm better off not knowing that calorie count on the exercise.
Cuz' I will eat those calories up in a heartbeat.
PS: How accurate are those calories burned totals anywho?