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7/16/14 8:40 A

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I never consider housework or gardening as a workout. I consider it bonus movement, but I feel that even if I gardened for 2 hours, but didn't walk or use the elliptical or some form of cardio or strength training that day, I didn't work out.

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7/16/14 8:29 A

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so , i say.. keep moving... lol didn't get that in my last message

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yes, housework is exercise, just not cardio. when your body is moving your burning calories. of course your not burning as many when your not moving as fast or hard. so, I say..

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7/16/14 7:54 A

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Basically, no. Basic housework does not get my heart rate into the cardio zone really long enough to count. As others have mentioned, if it's heavy duty activity like moving furniture, I might consider it.



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7/16/14 7:06 A

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7/15/14 9:04 P

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no I do not...it is not active enough.

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7/15/14 5:43 P

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I don't unless it is really strenuous.

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7/15/14 4:38 P

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Definitely not- it doesn't get my heart rate up and isn't significantly working any muscles. Any calories burned are a bonus, but I don't consider housework exercise.

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7/15/14 7:50 A

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some of it I can count, like mopping my floor since I do that on hands and knees so it is upper and core. But most of it no.

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7/15/14 7:16 A

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All activity besides lying on the couch is exercise, but its intensity varies with different people.

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7/15/14 7:01 A

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I havd mopped the whole downstairs on Sunday. You better believe it was exercise!!



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7/15/14 5:12 A

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I only count housework when it's especially vigorous and really gets my heart pumping and muscles working. So I guess that would be classified as "heavy housework."

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7/15/14 1:48 A

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I agree that only heavy housework counts as exercise for me!

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7/14/14 4:39 P

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I only count it if it is very heavy/intense housework that makes me sweat.

For me that is only a coupe of times a year.

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7/14/14 3:18 P

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No. Even if I'm doing some blowout cleaning that causes me to sweat, it usually doesn't put me into any calorie burning range.

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7/14/14 3:02 P

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There are websites that will figure how many calories you are burning based on your weight, etc. and what type of activity you're doing. Since about all the exercise I got before a few months ago was walking to and from the car (I work at a desk all day and would go home and sit all evening--my husband did the housework since he doesn't work outside the home), I read up on it and learned that activity outside the norm for an individual--like housework, shopping, etc.--can be counted as activity/exercise. I figured if I was shopping and running errands for 5 or 6 hours on a Saturday, carrying heavy bags, pushing carts, etc., I was getting a lot more exercise than sitting in front of a computer for those 5 or 6 hrs.

However, as I've become more active, I don't count other activities like that so much anymore.



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7/14/14 2:47 P

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No.

If I were overweight by doing the dishes every day, vacuuming and dusting 1x a week, and cleaning the bathroom 2x a week...that means my body has adapted to that. It does nothing.

Now, if one day I was painting a room, or one day cleaning out the garage, or one day cleaning out the gutters...that I would count.

Now, I've heard of people changing their routine so it does count a little more. Instead of loading up all groceries to carry into house...take 1 bag at a time (6 trips). Instead of bringing up a whole basket of clothes from the basement dryer...stretch it into 3 trips - put clothes away one article at a time.

The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.


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7/14/14 2:25 P

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I do not count it. I think it would be a deceiving myself.



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7/14/14 12:38 P

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Counting things like dusting and vacuuming a exercise would be cheating and deceiving myself. They're not cardio in my book.

They CAN be included as activity though.... but I don't.

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7/14/14 12:34 P

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for me, it is emoticon

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7/14/14 12:34 P

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Nope. I don't generally count housework as exercise.
If it was some strenuous task that took 20 to 30 minutes that I didn't do very often, then I might count it.

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7/14/14 12:21 P

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Not usually, unless it's very strenuous stuff. I sometimes count gardening.

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7/14/14 11:30 A

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If I'm on a ladder scrubbing windows, scrubbing the walls and cabinets, or steam cleaning the carpets and I'm hot and sweaty, I would count that.

Doing the dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the toilet, no.

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7/14/14 10:06 A

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No, I do not. I managed to get fat while still doing housework, so I'm pretty sure it's not going to make a difference in my weight loss.

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I don't count it either.



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Not the daily stuff.


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7/14/14 9:55 A

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No, I do not. I might count mowing the lawn since I do that only a few times a year. Vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing bathtubs and the like are just normal everyday movement and I do not count it even when I work up a sweat. It does count toward my steps for the day, though.



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7/14/14 9:13 A

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Especially in this hot weather !

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7/14/14 9:09 A

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only if it is a big deep cleaning job, moving the furniture, stretching up to those ceiling fans or deep cleaning the rugs.

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7/14/14 9:06 A

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Of course it is-intensity is the thing.

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Do any of you count housework as exercise?

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