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MILLIFRED
Posts: 672
3/17/13 3:19 P

Excuse me but tasks such as vacuuming, sweeping, hoeing in the garden, etc are every bit as valid as doing reps with barbells or walking on a treadmill. It works to use up more calories than if one was just sitting around having someone else do the work or sitting at a desk at an office job each day. Believe me, I know it makes a big difference if I spend my day actively cleaning or sitting at the computer, reading, etc. Some of us have enough pain from diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis that just doing these normal daily tasks are all the activity we can manage. You do your thing, I'll do mine and its working for me; is it working for you?



LOVEMOUSE82
SparkPoints: (3,788)
Fitness Minutes: (2,976)
Posts: 349
3/17/13 2:59 P

I really don't wanna burst your bubble :( but I am pretty sure you aren't supposed to count every day activity as exercise. Sparkpeople factors in a normal amount of assumed activity when they calculate your BMR and calorie range. So if you add in these normal daily activities AGAIN you would be overestimating your fitness mins and calories burned.

Now there are some obvious things like TRULY heavy duty cleaning where lifting, bending, elbow grease, etc are involved, as well as things like farm work that are options on the fitness tracker, but I don't think that pushing around the vacuum or dusting the furniture would account for anything more than normal everyday activity that is already factored in.



MILLIFRED
Posts: 672
3/16/13 1:57 P

That worked; Thank You!



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 54,981
3/16/13 1:50 P

If you find the entry in the tracker, then click to add it, it will show up just like it did in the old version.

Does that help?

Coach Jen



PCOLAGATOR
Posts: 295
3/16/13 1:16 P

You have the option of using the old tracker. If you search for house cleaning it would come up though.



MILLIFRED
Posts: 672
3/16/13 12:58 P

I think I did find it there and added it to my program but I can't figure out how to post it to get credit; that or any other activity! I think a lot of people are having problems with the fitness tracker!



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 54,981
3/16/13 12:44 P

Heavy cleaning is one of the entries in the tracker.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



MILLIFRED
Posts: 672
3/16/13 11:01 A

I used to be able to count tasks such as sweeping, vacuuming, working in the garden, etc as exercise; that doesn't seem to work anymore. Can someone tell me how to do that with the new fitness page?



 
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