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USERSMYNAME Posts: 61
5/31/13 8:27 P

I read somewhere that housework, if done properly, can kill you. emoticon

I think you should base it on how fatigued you felt at the end of the day. Housework is more like resistance training than cardio, so I wouldn't base it on heart rate

SKINMINA SparkPoints: (22,077)
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5/31/13 2:21 P

I would still count it as a rest day.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (26,290)
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5/31/13 9:54 A

I would still count it as a rest day, but with some great additional cals burned doing the work!

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
5/31/13 7:43 A

Personally I could call it a rest day because my cardio primarily is running and my main objective on rest days is to give my leg muscles a chance to rest. So I think rest days are individualized. If you did a lot of rowing for exercise, heavy cleaning and scrubbing might not give your arms the rest they needed. JMO

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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5/31/13 4:30 A

I put this sort of thing down to a wonderful thing called living...:-)

Anything that gets logged as fitness minutes is over and above normality in my book...:-)

BEEZAUR SparkPoints: (525)
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5/30/13 8:39 P

I consider work for calories burned, but I don't consider it exercise.

In my case I often do things like clean the barn, haul hay, dig holes, etc. that involve major exertion, but they don't really improve condition or strength. Hard work is sort of healthy, but not nearly as healthy as a real exercise program. It's too easy to get imbalances that cause problems by relying on work alone.

But yeah, if I am hauling hay I might say to myself, "this is a 5000 calorie day," for figuring our how much food to eat. I'll probably skip my exercise routine on a day like that too, but not always. Exercise is what allows me to do hard work injury free.

Moderate work doesn't affect my exercise routine at all, just my food needs.

Edited by: BEEZAUR at: 5/30/2013 (20:42)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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5/30/13 8:04 P

Did you feel like your heart was up in the cardio range, or would you have had trouble carrying on a conversation?

If not, I'd count it as a rest day. More importantly, do you feel rested?

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/30/2013 (20:04)
DESCHROMA Posts: 180
5/30/13 7:12 P

You did heavy housework? (scrubbing the bath tub, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, so forth)

I only broke a sweat when scrubbing the tub (we live on well water...so it looks like you are a filthy human even if you aren't...lol) but it was a total of 4 solid hours of varying degrees of exertion.


Can it still count as an off day since I took breaks and wasn't running around? Or should it not, because I ultimately still exerted myself beyond everyday activities? (walking around the grocery store, for example)

How do you count it?

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