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Balanced lifestyle, balanced energy flow [Aug. 1, 2011, 4:29 a.m.]

Learning objective: All work and no play makes jack a large boy

The point of this task is to look at an 'average' lifestyle. This is a totally simplified approach to focus solely on the key learning objective. What you spend your time doing and how that affects your metabolism. 

Few people burn many calories when they work or rest. Yet they spend most of their time doing these two things. Especially if you consider things like washing the dishes and your weekly food shop as part of work and watching tv as rest. 

The time we spend actively moving and having fun is generally quite short lived. This task is an investigation into a better ratio of work rest and play.

In this task we use a generic energy value instead of calories to simplify things further.

Your aim is to balance a virtual metabolism using a spreadsheet as a guide. You need to achieve energy balance or an energy difference of 0. Here is an example (to get your own copy to work on click file > make a copy or visit 'How your lifestyle affects your metabolism: initial task' and choose 'use this template').  



The Level 1 spreadsheet is locked so you can't edit it. Either use the Level 1 playground sheet next to it (find it in the tabs at the bottom of the sheet) or create a copy for youself.  Just click the Level 1 tab at the bottom of the sheet. Select 'Copy to..'  from the pop up menu and choose a spreadsheet to copy Level 1 into.