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July 24, 2012 12:22 PM
I dont usually cook, but when I do I'm cooking and freezing for a week for three and it takes time. I log it. I've got more room to deep clean since I live in a basement apartment now and not a small sky rise, and I have to clean more often, so I log it. One of my MFP friends wrote a nasty note about it; she and one of her friends sent responses back and forth about me, like I was an idiot. I still log it. Like someone else said, I also exercised on my own and went to the gym as I gained weight.
July 24, 2012 12:38 PM
I don't log housework. The only time I log calories burned is if I go above what my normal day is. Cleaning and laundry is part of my regular day. I don't log when I mow our lawn because it's a small area. When I mow at our apartment complex it's 4 hours of push mowing. I do log that not because it's not a regular thing I do. I also wear my body bugg so I can make sure I'm busting butt for those 4 hrs.
July 24, 2012 12:47 PM
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Logging housework is just an half ass excuse that people use for not moving their body by truly exercising. This whole process is about lifestyle change and developing your life to be an active fit person. On my side of MFP land lighthouse cleaners, dog walkers, 15 min xbox players get blasted publicly and then deleted.

#Itsbigpimpinovaherechurch


Yeah but some of us are only trying to lose baby weight such as myself. I have never had a weight problem but I have a 10 month old so and stuck in the house now days so housework is a burn for me..... :) I don't think it's a lazy ass excuse especially when I also exercise....and I don't eat back my calories but I am only trying to lose vanity weight... my health is just fine... pffft
Edited by AnitaVolpato On July 24, 2012 12:51 PM
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July 24, 2012 12:58 PM
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there's a trend here . . . maybe I'm the only one to catch it but a lot of those that have replied that they log daily chores as exercise (because it adds up!) also seem to have tickers that haven't moved much . . .
Was I the only one who read this? I was thinking the same thing. Honestly though, I have logged cleaning but only if I did not have time for exercise for that day because I had house and yard work to get done that day. If it is going to take me half the day, I log some of the more strenuous cleaning. But note: my ticker has moved plenty since January because I don't use this as "exercise" all the time.
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July 24, 2012 1:02 PM
I have my doubts about this.........
July 24, 2012 1:02 PM
I only log housework I do in clients houses (i am a carer) as I see it as extra to what I use to do. smile
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July 24, 2012 1:09 PM
If it didnt keep you from getting fat, it wont help you get unfat.
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July 24, 2012 1:29 PM
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Logging housework is just an half ass excuse that people use for not moving their body by truly exercising. This whole process is about lifestyle change and developing your life to be an active fit person. On my side of MFP land lighthouse cleaners, dog walkers, 15 min xbox players get blasted publicly and then deleted.

#Itsbigpimpinovaherechurch


To be fair, I think cleaning a lighthouse would probably burn a lot of calories. Those things are HUGE!

You burn calories just living. And don't people factor housework, their job (if they have one) and things like that into their 'lifestyle' calories? I know I do.
Edited by madamepsychosis On July 24, 2012 1:31 PM
July 24, 2012 1:34 PM
I brushed my teeth for 3 minutes today and burned 13 calories. I think I'll log that.
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July 24, 2012 1:44 PM
I totally thought this was going to be a referance to an article that someone sent me the other day about how housework kept women in the 1950s so thin...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2176971/1950s-housewives-kept-slim-burning-calories-housework.html

Having pushed my grandma's massive ancient hulk of a vacuum around her living room a time or two, I can believe it.

Not to mention lifting all those cast iron pots and pans.


( To be fair to the other gender, when men had more physical and less desk jobs, they too were slimmer. )
Edited by TrimAnew On July 24, 2012 1:54 PM
July 24, 2012 2:01 PM
Believe it or not, we are NOT all here for the same reasons. I came to this site to track my food intake after being ill for more than a year (really bedridden for most of that time). And as I have gotten better I am tracking my increasing activity level.

For me, my focus has been becoming stronger and functional again. Any sustained activity that gets me breathing hard and my heart rate up counts in my book. As things become easier I will be able to raise my general activity level and stop counting some of the activities I count now. But just because you have gotten something done (a clean house) doesn't mean that all the bending, lifting, reaching done in housework isn't also working your body.
July 24, 2012 2:47 PM
Are you eating back those cals? If logging any activity keeps you motivated then have at it! The problem arrises when you eat those cals back. I think a good rule of thumb is to eat back purposeful exercise cals. (running, lifting, sports, walking, hiking....)


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I dont usually cook, but when I do I'm cooking and freezing for a week for three and it takes time. I log it. I've got more room to deep clean since I live in a basement apartment now and not a small sky rise, and I have to clean more often, so I log it. One of my MFP friends wrote a nasty note about it; she and one of her friends sent responses back and forth about me, like I was an idiot. I still log it. Like someone else said, I also exercised on my own and went to the gym as I gained weight.
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July 24, 2012 2:54 PM
I myself have never logged house chores but maybe I'll start if it's something out of the ordinary, like 3 hours of deep cleaning. And 800 calories is no joke! tongue
On a side note, can anyone tell me what a HRM is??


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I don't log it, but a few weeks ago I read this really nasty response about logging exercise so I decided to do a full house clean and wear my HRM just to see.

In the 3 hours it took to deep clean my kitchen, office, living room and bathroom - I burned over 800 calories. That's more than I would have burned had I gone for a 3 hour walk.

Still I don't log it, because I did that before I decided to make changes.
Edited by taureanbeauty293 On July 24, 2012 2:57 PM
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July 24, 2012 2:58 PM
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I brushed my teeth for 3 minutes today and burned 13 calories. I think I'll log that.

Did you floss well and gargle? That'd add 4.15 more calories burnt.
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July 24, 2012 6:29 PM
Before I started MFP, I was for the most part sedentary. I did not clean or cook often. For 3 1/2 months I had tenants or family here that helped with cooking/cleaning while I attended school and studied. Before those 3 1/2 months I was also in a deep depression on top of keeping up with a toddler and very active teenager. So, yes, I do log my cleaning as exercise (this is part of my lifestyle change). I also log shopping as exercise because: a) I am pushing a buggie full with a 30lbs toddler inside, or b) I am out for more than 30 mins. I do not count quick shopping trips, nor do I count showering, fixing hair, brushing teeth, driving, studying, sleeping, or watching tv (which I found a website where you can calculate each of these things) Sometimes, I don't count all of the cleaning that has been done, just the times that i pay attention to the time. And as you can see, it has not affected my weight loss. I have lost these 61lbs since February. I will continue to count my cleaning and cooking calories.

** My profile is set to Sedentary and for the most part I do not eat back my exercise calories**
**I also do other exercise such as Jillian Michael's NMTZ, Zumba, ab workouts, and the occasional weight training session***
Edited by tonyaf78 On July 24, 2012 6:34 PM
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July 24, 2012 6:38 PM
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so my question about logging housework is this.....didnt you do housework before or during the time you gained weight?


But, you could also ask - "didn't you breath, digest, pump blood, walk around etc" before or during the time you gained weight?

I think the real question is "do you have your daily activity level set to include tasks around the house?'
- If you do, don't log housework.
- If you have it set to sedentary and those chores get you moving a whole lot more than they used to - then log them, eat them, and enjoy!


For Taureanbeauty:
HRM = heart rate monitor. Used to measure your heart rate during exercise and can estimate calories burned during exercise.
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