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”)
shows vacuuming 20 minutes at my weight = 104 calories
Everyday Health has a lot of what they call “Everyday Activities”:
On their site 20 minutes of vacuuming at my weight = 94 calories
On several different sites the same activity showed calories burned = 71
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!
My name is Carolyn
(Whitney is my last name, I'm a retired high school biology teacher = WHITNEYTEACHER)
I moved to Grants Pass, a small town in Southern Oregon in January, 2013.
| Pounds lost: 4.6