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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.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (238,946)
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2/25/13 9:28 P

I guess it depends on what you're doing.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,748)
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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.

PUDLECRAZY Posts: 4,375
2/25/13 6:54 P

It's authentic exercise. Go for it!

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,938
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...

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (131,032)
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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! :)

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,938
2/25/13 1:38 P


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!

SPROCKETS1 SparkPoints: (36,878)
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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!

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/25/13 11:24 A

I would not call it cheating. Just making choices.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (269,909)
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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

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: 2,938
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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