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ZIGFISH Posts: 1,459
2/26/13 8:41 A

Remodeling is definitely exercise. It's the best type in my mind because you have something to show for it in addition to calories burned! I love exercise with a purpose.

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2/25/13 9:28 P

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I guess it depends on what you're doing.

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2/25/13 9:18 P

Just living your life, things come up and a person couldn't keep up those goals the whole year through, so why worry about "cheating" anyway?? Nothing is set in stone.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.
PUDLECRAZY Posts: 4,390
2/25/13 6:54 P

It's authentic exercise. Go for it!

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,965
2/25/13 2:01 P

Thanks! It's actually not my bathroom even, it's my sister's.

Last summer while remodeling my own house plus working out, I had the lowest % bodyfat I've had for a long time. It works your whole body...

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2/25/13 1:48 P

Remodeling IS hard work! It's not technically "cardio" where you get a higher heart rate for a sustained period of time...but it's definitely working your body!

You'll probably lose weight--because like you said, who has time to eat when you're painting & tiling & whatnot? :)

Hope your bathroom is beautiful! :)

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TRI_BABE Posts: 2,965
2/25/13 1:38 P

NO WONDER I'VE BEEN SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME TOO!!

I just spent 2 1/2 hours painting. The calorie calculator said I just burned about 700 calories!! And that's not even the heavy stuff I've been doing previously - framing with 2x6's, running pipe for plumbing/venting, pulling electrical wire...

I've still got to lay tile today too!

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2/25/13 11:24 A

I'd say if it's a significant exertion over what you would be doing otherwise at that time, you could probably count it. I know that I've been taking advantage of the "Shoveling Snow" entry in the fitness tracker lately, if that counts then your remodeling should too!

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2/25/13 11:24 A

I would not call it cheating. Just making choices.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (284,970)
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2/25/13 11:07 A

Sounds like you could call this a sort of 'cross training'.

Good luck with the remodel emoticon

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I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
2/25/13 10:57 A

Only you can decide if it is cheating. I do have an opinion though if you are physically working and you have no time to do added exercise then you have had a successful day. Remodeling is lots of work, you may be getting even a better workout remodeling.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,965
2/25/13 9:51 A

I set a goal to workout six days a week and strength train 4 days a week every week this year. I already normally was working out 5-6 days/week anyway, so it isn't that unrealistic. I've been doing it since the first week of January.

However, I'm doing a major bathroom remodel now. I work on it for several hours a day, and have been feeling worn out trying to do the renovations and the workouts.

Would it be cheating to consider the remodel work my workouts on some days? I used to wear a device that monitored calorie burn and from previous diy projects know the calorie burn ca be hundreds per day.

Just would like to keep my goal without wearing/burning myself out! Thanks!

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