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MLAN613 Posts: 19,055
1/26/12 8:20 A

Cardio is exercise that gets your heart rate up to 60% to 85% of the maximum. Ironing and laundry do not probably do this. Therefore, you should not count it.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/25/12 3:49 P

Sorry, no. Not unless you're using a hand-wringer and stove-heated, 10-pound iron as my grandmother did as a child :)

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/25/12 12:13 A

We have always been doing this will putting on weight- it is built into the calorie range.. Sadly we have to step it up a notch and get the heart pumping somewhat..

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,705
1/24/12 8:59 P

"I would like to know if doing laundry and/or ironing is considered as a workout for burning calories?"

Counting that as exercise would be cheating myself....

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,946
1/24/12 7:08 P


JMVANE15 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/12 5:53 P

I don't see how you would be getting a workout out of that. You're going to need to do something that requires more activity.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
1/24/12 5:23 P


RAINBOWCHARMER SparkPoints: (82,591)
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1/24/12 1:05 P

All activity burns calories. No matter what that activity is - walking to the bathroom at work, walking to your car, washing dishes, etc. However, I don't typically count anything as exercise unless it is something I'm doing for an extended period (i.e. if I go for a 20 or 30 min walk, I count this - if I walk for 2 minutes to get to my car after work, I don't count this).

Normal household activities I don't count. Think of them as bonus points. :)

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1/24/12 11:19 A

Unless you've never done ironing or laundry in your life and otherwise sit on your behind all day, no, it's not exercise.

LEEHAME64 Posts: 122
1/24/12 9:00 A

Anything I break a sweat at, for a period longer than 10 minutes, I count.

KAUDREY318 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/12 8:02 A A workout is getting your heart rate up for an extended period of time.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (252,239)
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1/24/12 4:25 A

to me, exercise is something other than my normal 'have to do' activities. Vacuuming does burn more calories than sitting and watching TV, so does brushing my teeth. I don't count either as exercise. If you are completely sedentary, you'd probably count vacuuming as exercise.

mom is really active (but she eats horrible stuff). She cannot figure out why she can't lose weight when she's always on the go. Her body has adjusted to her daily activity. She either needs to make some changes in her diet, or add some official exercise to her routine (a little of both would be her best bet).

it's the same with keeping the same exercise routine. If you walk 20 minutes every day, your body is going to adjust to that and you won't continue to see progress. That's fine if you're at your maintenance weight. If you still want to lose lbs/inches, you'll have to mix it up some. KWIM?

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 1/24/2012 (04:26)
TWINNYGRAN SparkPoints: (27,193)
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1/24/12 3:35 A

Just keeping moving is exercise, the question is, is it strenuous enough to make you slightly out of breath? It would be nice to think something as tedious and necessary as ironing could count as cardio. I suppose it depends how vigorously you go about it! emoticon

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/24/12 2:44 A

It's really up to you. Are you a morbidly obese couch potato for whom this would feel "like exercise"? Or do you feel that you personally would probably be a little bit cheating if you counted that?

I guess a good guide is, if you can already walk for more than 10 minutes at a time, any general housework probably isn't going to add to your fitness/health. If you're really at the start of what might be a very long journey and you find doing the ironing challenging, then I would hate to see anyone tell you "it doesn't count" because that would probably put you off. But if you're already able to cope with what else you recognise as "exercise" for at least 10 minutes, then counting housework is not a good move for you.

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1/24/12 1:12 A


I would like to know if doing laundry and/or ironing is considered as a workout for burning calories?

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