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!
Fitness Minutes: (14,535)
1,090 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!
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
2,614 2/25/13 11:24 A
I would not call it cheating. Just making choices.
Fitness Minutes: (142,702)
19,800 2/25/13 11:07 A
Sounds like you could call this a sort of 'cross training'.
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.
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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