While it is being physically active, most housework probably won't get your heart rate up high enough for long enough to be considered a substitute for more focussed exercise. Also, in estimating your overall calorie burn, Spark already includes an allowance for normal daily activities (including housework), so to include it as exercise would be to double count. The way I see it, we all got to the weight we are by doing what we do, so to lose weight we need to do more - tracking housework as exercise may lead you into a false sense of security as to your overall activity level. Personally, I don't track things I would have done anyway before I decided to get healthy.
That said, there are some housework activities that are both physical enough and sufficiently different from normal activities that they can be considered exercise, and perhaps are worth tracking. Yard work and heavy scrubbing are perhaps examples of this. But it is worth remembering that the tracker assumes continuous activity - while the task of cleaning the bath may have taken half an hour, by the time you got the cleaning materials out, rinsed off, etc, there may only have been 15 minutes of active scrubbing.
It is probably best to be pretty conservative on this, but that doesn't mean you should compeletely exclude it.
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