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TIEDYED69PEACE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 8:16 A

That's what I figured. I get up every morning to clean my house (I have multiple animals plus the bf to clean up after), which takes up to an hour every morning. When I tried to log it once, Spark said it was over 200 calories burned. I'm not expert, but I just don't think I burned 200 calories.

BTLSMUM SparkPoints: (40,305)
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10/4/12 8:01 A

No tracking here. I also walk my dogs an hour everyday (30 mins each dog) and don't track it because it's part of my normal routine.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,204)
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10/4/12 4:13 A

Getting very tired doing a certain activity does not always mean that a lot of calories are burned. One can do full body strength training, get very tired, and burn less than 200kCals. You could walk an hour and burn 300kCals, and not get tired at all. Thus, you would like to make sure that you burn enough calories by performing pretty much standardized, well-studied exercises.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
10/3/12 8:39 P

Not to log. I don't get my HR up, so it isn't fitness. I only log things I do for fitness.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,456
10/3/12 7:44 P

No, for a couple of reasons:

1. In coming up with an intake recommendation, Spark already includes an allowance for typical everyday activities of 20% in addition to your metabolism. So to count everyday activities would be to double count. But it probably wouldn't include occasional and very physical tasks such as yard work or heavy scrubbing, so tracking those kinds of tasks might be reasonable. Also note that the tracker assumes continuous activity. So while a task might have taken you 30 minutes, by the time you took out and put away the cleaning materials, took a break mid-clean, etc, there may only have been 15 minutes of active 'cleaning;.

2. To get the full benefits of exercise, you need to be keeping your heart rate elevated for a sustained period. Most cleaning does not get your heart rate up in the same way that more focussed exercise does. To log everyday tasks as exercise may lead you into a false sense of security as to how active you are.


SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/3/12 7:31 P

No, not everything that burns calories is exercise. Cleaning, mowing the lawn, etc. Only log exercise.

SABLEARTS SparkPoints: (27,929)
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10/3/12 5:29 P

I don't usually track it, except for if (as another poster said) I'm doing something above and beyond or out of the ordinary. The one thing I "regularly" track is once a week when I sweep and mop the entire house. It takes about an hour and a half start to finish, I work up a sweat, and I intentionally switched to a traditional mop from a steamer to make it more physically challenging, so I think it's worth counting. It would be silly to count things like folding laundry, though, which I have seen other diet sites tell you to track!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,671
10/3/12 4:57 P

I only log exercise, not activities.

Where do you draw the line? Counting calories for setting the table? For taking the trash to the curb? For washing dishes?

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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10/3/12 4:27 P


You can find those activities in the Fitness Tracker in the Cardio section. Keep in mind that while those activities are listed, SparkPeople already calculates calories burned through daily activities as part of your calorie range, so you'll want to use those only if you are really going above and beyond what you normally do.

If you consistently track these activities you may hyper-inflate your calories burn goal which may slow your progress overtime, especially if your calorie range is raised due to the added calories burn.

Coach Nancy

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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10/3/12 4:24 P

I don't log everyday chores, but if I had a day where I spent hours doing physically demanding work (heavy yard work, for instance), I might try to figure out a way to log that. But stuff like my usual housework, I don't bother to track.

TIEDYED69PEACE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/3/12 4:14 P

That is the question.


Edited by: TIEDYED69PEACE at: 10/3/2012 (16:15)
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