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JASMINKAJ SparkPoints: (2,361)
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4/7/13 12:35 A

Ok, thank you everyone. I also didn't think to post my cleaning minutes on SP but because I do clean a lot I wasn't sure if it was worth it or not.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,279)
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4/3/13 7:39 A

I don't and I spend about 2-4 hours every morning cleaning/cooking etc. I also spend about 2-4 hours in the afternoon doing the same. Sparks already factors in light activity. I only record actual exercise. If I happen to burn more than Spark estimates with "light activity" then that's just a bonus. I'd rather underestimate than overestimate.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/3/2013 (07:43)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/2/13 10:13 P

That really depends on you.

If you're basically a couch potato, just starting out on a journey towards fitness, and this is all the effort you can really do in a day, then it would seem harsh to say you "can't count it". Especially if you haven't normally been cleaning that intensively while you were heavy, and it's new and heavier work than 'normal'.

But if you're capable of maintaining actual exercise for 60 minutes in some form, including housework is not likely to help you achieve your goals.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/2/13 8:54 P


While you are burning more calories than you would sitting on the couch, unless you live a very sedentary lifestyle, I would not recommend that you count this in your fitness tracker. The reason, SparkPeople includes an active daily living multiplier for activities like this, when we calculate your calorie range so counting them may hyper-inflate your calories burn goal which could change your calorie range, therefore slowing your progress down.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

JASMINKAJ SparkPoints: (2,361)
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4/2/13 8:23 P

I just started a new cleaning routine where I clean different rooms each day and yesterday I cleaned my living room, kitchen and downstairs hallway (they are next to one another) for 65 minutes. Is that worth putting into my fitness minutes?

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