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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/13/13 3:39 P


My personal rule is that I only count it as fitness minutes if it is heavy/intense enough to make me sweat. This usually means deep cleaning, moving furniture, etc.

COPPERFIRE952 Posts: 139
10/13/13 9:25 A

Personally I don't typically count housework in my fitness tracker as a workout - I think of it as a "bonus" workout. A few rare exceptions would be when cut, carry and stack wood to heat our house every year - man does that work every muscle in my body. That said - it's definitely activity and a great alternative to sitting on the couch, plus - as another poster said - it's productive. If you are counting housework as exercise (just like with all exercise) just be honest with what you're actually doing or not.

BOB5148 SparkPoints: (538,049)
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10/13/13 7:57 A


MEREDITHAH85 Posts: 26
10/11/13 3:15 P

Yes, if it gets my heart rate up and me sweating.

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/11/13 10:06 A

KATIZUMI2013: There are several ways people might add daily living activities and then additional exercising to their BMR (calories burned just lying in bed all day). The easiest way is to just choose an activity level such as "moderately active," etc. It sort of becomes complicated when we want to figure out additional calories burned from all the "extra" activities we do during a day. I think it is more guestimation than scientific in how most of us arrive at results.

Here are examples of "housework" and yard work that I do and don't log as exercise (additional calories burned):

mowing the yard
trimming trees, cutting weeds, hauling debris, etc.
shoveling snow
cleaning the basement, carrying boxes, throwing away trash
walking to the store to get groceries, pay bills
doing the dishes
cooking, baking
walking when shopping in stores

However, in my opinion, doing 30 minutes to 3 hours of housework daily would, overall, be great exercise. I wonder how many calories a housewife or househusband burns when taking care of 1 or more toddlers during the course of a day?

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
10/11/13 9:27 A

IMO it is, and it isn't. All the stuff I'm used to doing on a regular basis... vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, changing the beds etc etc. -- well my body is used to doing that, and (for me) it does not count as exercise. It IS activity, yes. And therefore beats lying on the couch watching tv. But I don't count it in my Fitness minutes.

TORNADO1991 SparkPoints: (95)
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10/11/13 9:11 A

it does burn many calories, especially when you get so busy and caught up in it for hours. but i try not to count it because i find it is just a way to get out of running and doing more intense work

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/11/13 9:10 A

Definitely. Just Google and you will find several sites that give a calorie burn guestimation for activity based on age, weight, etc.

JOSEPINAD SparkPoints: (7,148)
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10/11/13 12:02 A


10/10/13 11:59 P

Any activity is better than sitting. Try to fit in a bit more when you can. Do extra chores. Park at the far end of the lot when getting groceries. Push your cart down a few extra aisles just to add more steps.

10/9/13 11:18 P

You ever sweat when you are exercising? You ever sweat when you are doing some heavy duty housework...of course it is exercise.
As a matter of fact I recommend doing housework/gardening ahead of the other nonsense that passes itself off as "exercise" which fails to get anything done that really needs to be done.

SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,119
10/9/13 10:32 P

I don't count ordinary housework or yard work, when I am counting exercise. (I often don't count because it's such a pain--I still exercise, just don't list it on here).

I have once in a while counted chores when it was something above and beyond daily life--painting a room in one day, up and down ladders, etc., for instance, or many hours of raking or digging, moving, something extraordinary like that.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
10/9/13 1:54 P

I've been known to count heavy housework that involves moving furniture as a substitute for my strength training. Also laundry, which involves shlepping loads of clothes down three floors to the communal laundry room. I don't really have any housework that gets my heart rate up, though. I guess I might if I had a lawn!

ZERO_WILL_POWER SparkPoints: (4,028)
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10/9/13 12:47 P

I agree that the correct answer is - it depends. I usually have to ask myself if yard work counts. I will usually count mowing the lawn for example, because I will push myself to mow faster and get my heart rate up, but I will not count pulling weeds, staining the deck, etc.

CATMOMMIE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/9/13 11:11 A

I would say yes. I'm morbidly obese and never an exerciser. Any movement, whether my heartrate is up or not, is a step in the right direction, preparing me to eventually introduce an exercise plan.

Several years ago I decluttered my house and was able to lose some weight just by doing that.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,891
10/2/13 2:02 P

I think you could count it as exercise if the activities get your heart rate up into the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time. If not, just consider it a bonus to your weekly goals.

Coach Jen

A1HOTDOG Posts: 75
10/2/13 1:23 P

absolutely! there are several great websites that will calculate the calories for you based on your weight and the activity that you do. Great question! emoticon

Edited by: A1HOTDOG at: 10/2/2013 (13:24)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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10/2/13 12:01 P

I include housework as my activity level. I set myself as lightly active. I only count low intensity cardio (60-70% MHR; such as walking) if it's for 30 mins +.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,174
10/2/13 10:56 A

personally I don't count my daily chores as exercise, but if I am doing something out of the ordinary and it gets my heart rate up for more than 5 mins I count it.

KATIZUMI2013 Posts: 90
10/2/13 10:49 A

I would like to know if 30 minutes of housework--or three hours!----counts as exercise.

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