Fitness Minutes: (35,097)
2,167 5/27/13 10:26 A
I don't count anything that I don't do as exercise, for several reasons: 1. Next to impossible to know how many calories are burned. Surely fewer than I like to have burned. 2. I don't want to screw up my exercise schedule. Exercise needs to be programmed, and should be done on a schedule to reap the benefits. If you break the schedule often, you get used to a broken schedule, which will yield little progress. 3. Random acts of small amounts of calories burned do not help, rather they create a false hope of having burned away some fat. Next follows the frustration of still not breaking the plateau.
I would do the chore as fast as possible (that way I don't get excessively bored) and forget about it. I would just try to keep up with my eating and exercise schedule.
I usually count it if its not part of my normal daily stuff. Like if I'm mopping the whole house every other week I count it. but lifting and caring for my physically disabled son that I do every day, I don't count.
If the activity isn't part of your normal routine, and it gets your heart rate up into the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time, then I'd probably count it as exercise. If not, then I'd just consider it a bonus to your weekly goals and wouldn't track it.
Hope that helps,
Fitness Minutes: (1,740)
74 5/25/13 1:29 P
There are two things about chores versus exercise. Any activity will burn calories, which helps weight loss.
The other thing is, exercise is much healthier for your body. It strengthens things like bones and tissues (not just muscle), improves capacity, and improves flexibility and mobility.
By comparison, lots of manual labor can wear your body down. One of the main differences is that actual exercise involves overload and rest - that's what improves capacities. Chores generally never reach the point of overload, so not a lot of capacity is added, and tend not to incorporate rest cycles. A contractor who also exercises will get much fewer injuries throughout his or her career than one who simply "gets it done."
The way I look at it, exercise helps me to do my chores more safely and efficiently. And with that, I will begin my Saturday of barn cleaning and work around the farm (which is helped tremendously by stretching, core work, strength training, and endurance training).
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