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.
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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2,126 7/16/14 7:06 A
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."
Starting weight: 309.4 1st goal: 10.4 pounds, 299 by July 2, 2014 (met June 25th) 2nd goal: 30 pounds- 10% of remaining weight, 269 by October 15, 2014 (met September 24th) 3rd goal: 27 pounds- 10% of remaining weight, 242 by January 7, 2015
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.
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.
current weight: 121.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,340)
7/14/14 2:25 P
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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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.
current weight: 132.7
Fitness Minutes: (33,279)
7/14/14 9:13 A
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