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2/26/13 10:34 A

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I don't think they'd let us count that.

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Hunky Guy, Hmmmmmm - I think we may be getting off track here emoticon

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O.K. - it isn't housework, but what if it is a hunky guy you have seen - man, THAT could raise the heart rate (maybe we should count that, too - LOL!

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If it raises the heart rate I'm counting it.

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I think including things that raise your heart rate is reasonable, that's kind of the point of cardio exercises. My husband is in the process of moving a storage shed from our front yard to our back yard. Yesterday he asked me to help him move the 5 metal shelves that he uses for storage in the shed. They were HEAVY! I was happy to help but it definitely counted as exercise for me. We could only go a few feet at a time and then I had to stop and rest. This wasn't exactly housework but I looked up and added Furniture Moving for 20 minutes to my Fitness Tracker. It actually took us over an hour but there was a lot of stop-and-go involved so I tried to be fair.

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This is really quite interesting as I have, for years, included some house work as part of my daily exercise.
Things like veg prep - at least an hour every afternoon - I will count somehow. Because, for me, it is quite a big deal to do. My breathing can be problematic. I reckon if I'm doing all the activity to prepare fresh veg, and then a load of stirring and beating - I'll count that.

I know there are many SparkPeople who poo-poo this.
However I go by consistency - I don't suddenly add in "cooking" just to increase my minutes.
Also - I don't count all cleaning under "heavy household cleaning". I'll reduce the count to medium for most stuff, or not count it at all.
And I don't count activity if I'm doing it every day.

I still reckon on increasing the heart rate, over a number of minutes, as being a major indication of countability!


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BECKYSRN - maybe they figure that a cop making an arrest is arresting someone who is violent and non-compliant - it takes a LOT of energy to tackle them :-)

I agree that nursing is full-on when you are working in a busy department, but the energy burst of tackling/arresting a violent person takes more energy - just in a shorter burst.

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I used to work in an ER and I know that RN's NEVER stop. I had a good friend that is an RN put on a Pedometer and she clocked 15000 steps a day. In those days I clocked in at 8000 to 10000 depending on the day. I think that helped my knees more than I want to admit. It kept me up and about and on the run all day long.


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2/17/13 9:04 A

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Kris, I checked that site out...and what I don't understand is how they can figure that a cop making an arrest is more calories than a nurse doing patient care! I'm a nurse and I know when I'm working I use more calories than they said!!
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That is my daily routine, than on a once a week thing I go and clean a two story church which is heavy cleaning so I do my place and that so I get a lot of excerising doing that. Elldocke I have degenative joint disease and a artificial knee and do it and now how you feel, I went from walking on my own, to crutches, to a cane, to a walker, and to a wheelchair before my knee replacement, yes I walk slower than I used to but at least now I can get out and excerise and lose the weight that I gain cause of it, it has been a long long journey but I am doing it and I do not do it along God is right on my right so and push me along the way.

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ELLDOCKE - WoW I wish I could do half of what you do. The sad thing is that I used to do all that but with bad knees, lucky to get a handicapped parking spot, garner a shopping cart and amble into the store. I do manage to walk the entire store but I have to find a place to sit and regroup before I get back to the car. When in the home, I clean in stages. Vacuum one room and sit down, trying to do more and more before I sit down. Changing the bed is a challenge, especially when Franklin (cat) thinks I want to play and gets on the sheets so I cannot go until I shoo him off. I just try to do more and more each day. Bev


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I think that lifestyle definitely impacts our ability to do intentional exercise. But, we can be intentional about daily activities and increase the calories burned. I can take the stairs, park in the farthest lot, walk down the hall to talk to people face to face, sit on a stability ball in the office chair, stand to sort/file and all that increases my calories burned.

But, intentional exercise increases my aerobic fitness and physical strength. I do agree that tracking my intentional gardening and house cleaning should count towards aerobics because I set up the activity to warm up, get my heart rate up, keep it up and then cool down, including stretches. But, my daily swipe at it before work - not even sure that counts as intentional work since I often get to work & wonder if I did it or not. Definitely doesn't count as aerobics!

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Thanks for all the great information and websites.


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yes you burn calories sleeping, I read somewhere if you sleep sitting up you would burn 10X as many calories and if you could sleep standing up you would burn 10X as many as sitting.

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Yeh - and I liked the sleeping one, or the standing in line one, AND the riding in the bus or vehicle TO WORK! BUT, what happens if you are just going shopping or for a drive - maybe we burn MORE, but maybe we don't burn any - LOL!:-)
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Thank you for that link. I really like that activity calculator, it includes a LOT of activities. Can you really burn 28 calories watching TV for 20 minutes though? I kind of doubt it but that's what it said.

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There is an option there for "Heavy Cleaning and Housecleaning" BUT if I want to use some more specific ones I go to this link on "Fitness Partner - Activity Calorie Calculator"
www.primusweb.com/cgi-bin/fpc/actcal
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I have the ones that I use there in my favourites (manually entered and saved)

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I guess that makes sense but I don't know how they could effectively figure daily activity into their calculations because everyone's lifestyle and daily activities are so different.

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I think the difference is that SP wants you to do intentional exercise. I think somewhere along the way someone told me that SP figures the number of calories a person burns cleaning into cleaning into the number of calories a person burns just living everyday. I do know that people like me that changed jobs so where I use to have a deck ob and now have a job where I'm on my feet all day and lift up to 50 pounds at a time have to plan on eating near the high end of my calorie range.

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I use the Sparkpeople Exercise Tracker daily to track my fitness. The one thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t include any type of housework as an activity. At my age, weight and health problems I feel I definitely am using calories to do such things as mop the floor, vacuum, shampoo the carpet, etc. There are other online sites you can go to that will calculate the calories burned during different housekeeping activities and I’ve been going to one of those, calculating the calories burned and then entering it on my Fitness Tracker manually. However, I have discovered something interesting about this method. I just finished going to several different sites, entering the same activity (vacuuming) for 20 minutes at my current weight and this is what I discovered:

Healthy Weight Forum: (find activity, enter your weight, and hit “add activity”)

http://www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/ca
lorie-calculator.asp

shows vacuuming 20 minutes at my weight = 104 calories

Everyday Health has a lot of what they call “Everyday Activities”:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fitne
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veryday-activities

On their site 20 minutes of vacuuming at my weight = 94 calories

On several different sites the same activity showed calories burned = 71

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/in
teractive/burned.asp#

http://health.walmart.com/tools/calorieb
urn/

http://www.caloriecontrol.org/healthy-we
ight-tool-kit/lighten-up-and-get-moving

On another site that only listed “housework” as an option it showed 20 minutes at my weight = 84 calories. Housework is too vague. There are differences in dusting, scrubbing floors or putting away groceries!

I’ve decided if I want to use this method the best plan probably is to use the calculator from one of the 3 sites that came up with 71 calories. I’m not sure why there are such inconsistencies on the different sites but if I use the lower calculations I at least won’t feel like I’m cheating by bumping up the calories burned. This shouldn’t be so complicated!


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