I know many of balk at the mere idea of anyone counting housework as part of their exercise minutes but I think that's sending out the wrong message. I think whether or not fitness minutes are made up out of housework depends on the individual and situation.
For example, my mother is all but bedridden and has been for too many years to count. She has no physical reason to keep her in bed but she enjoys a good lie down. Her doctor knows about her, the staff at the home where she lives know about it, and I certainly know about it.
By her own admission she is in bed 22 hours a day and this is allowing a very generous two hour time frame for walking to the dining hall (about fifty feet) three times a day and for personal grooming time.
I spent much of my younger years worried to death that I was going to turn out just like her. But, I won't because I'm aware of it and I fight that tendency. Anyway, I've been trying to think up ways to get her on the move. Although we live in the same town it has been at least a month since she has gotten dressed and I've picked her up. This is despite daily suggestions on my part that she come for supper, go for a ride in car, etc...,.
Okay, so I'm sneaky. I suggested to her that the home was probably not washing her clothes thoroughly enough! She must have felt the same way because I've slowly got her into doing her own laundry. I know she has to get out of bed to gather her laundry, separate it, carry it to the laundry facilities down the hall, lift the detergent, remove the laundered clothes and put it in the dryer, fold the clothes and carry it all back to her room where she has to put it away!
Yes, she goes back to her room and lies down while it washes and dries but for those other minutes she is actually on her feet. Why do I do this? Because I love her and all the pleading and begging I've done and all the warnings the doctor had given her she feels she is entitled to lie down. I've lived with her like this since I was 6 years old and, like I said, I fight daily so I don't become like it myself.
Anyway, I'm just in a funk I guess but I sort of got down because I'm not walking like I used to do. My husband says to me "we'll, you didn't acculmulate 36,000 fitness minutes in three years with Spark by being your mother!" Yes, I kissed him