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January 14, 2013 6:09 AM
I'm noticing that a few people are logging their general daily activity as exercise and therefore calories earned, i.e. cleaning etc. I've always assumed that in order for exercise to be beneficia,l and therefore extra calories burned, you would need to feel you're making some effort. Am I missing out on a few calories here by not logging everything?happy
January 14, 2013 6:10 AM
No your fine. Logging the dishes etc imho is ridiculous and not worth it.
January 14, 2013 6:14 AM
I don't log cleaning and only log my walking if I've been walking a long time carrying my daughter (ex: when we do groceries I carry her strapped into the wrap).

If it's not strenuous I don't log it. I feel like I'd be "cheating" by logging my everyday cleaning or walking around.
January 14, 2013 6:15 AM
I tend to agree with you. The only activity I log is any exercise that I do that is truly cardio. I lift weights heavy about 4 times a week and I don't log that.

I think that is where a lot of people that say MFP doesn't work are failing - they are poor estimators. Some people tend to work the system to squeeze out every possible calorie so they can eat more, so either intentionally or subconsciously they under-estimate food and over-estimate activity. Not to mention that the machines over-estimate burn and the food manufacturers tend to under estimate as well. I know that for me, personally, not logging my strength training, my calories and fat loss match up relatively well over time, and I am pretty diligent.
January 14, 2013 6:17 AM
I tend to do that same thing. I just look at stuff like cleaning, etc, as part of daily life and it doesn't occur to me to log that. I did, however, log yesterday's 18 holes of golf even though I didn't look at is as a workout.
January 14, 2013 6:18 AM
I only log actual cardio or weights. I do not factor in any other activity that falls in my normal day like walking etc.
January 14, 2013 6:19 AM
I agree with your general premise. However, Sweat does not = calories burned, effort, or a "good work out".
January 14, 2013 6:20 AM
Everybody is different and will do this in a different way. I feel that things I do that are an activity I did when I was increasing weight and was unhealthy is obviously not conducive to good health. Whereas, anything I do specifically to improve my health is and I like to take credit for it.

Having said that, I use the In Place of a Road Map method and have calculated my calorie goal to include my exercise, so that is what I eat.

The link to the road map, if interested is: <
January 14, 2013 6:21 AM
It's a personal choice. It would be wrong for me but not necessarily for someone else to log cleaning, gardening, etc...I actually did use to log my gardening but soon felt I was cheating myself.
January 14, 2013 6:25 AM
I agree mainly, I do however log my busy bar shifts as this is my second job so it's not in my normal day to day. I was literally on my feet for 9hrs (less 20min break) yesterday with christening of over 100 people to oversee, so although I wasn't sweating, I feel there were definite calories burnt :D
January 14, 2013 6:32 AM
I don't care what others log. I stay in my own lane and do what works for me.
January 14, 2013 6:34 AM
Although I don't log normal day to day activity, I will log things, like loading or unloading pallets of sand bags or salt or such at my job, as I do not normally do this on a daily basis. 30 minutes moving 40lb bags to me seems the same as a 30 minute workout.
January 14, 2013 6:37 AM
I only log excess house putting up/taking down Christmas decorations. But I usually sweat during it. But general house cleaning, nah. Not unless I have turned it into a I dance while vacuuming now, so that I can burn more calories.
January 14, 2013 6:38 AM
I wouldn't log things like doing the dishes. But for example yesterday my husband and myself unloaded, moved and stacked a full ton of wood pellets by the side of our house, as I don't normally do that and was lifting, carrying, etc. 40lb bags of pellets I logged that. Or sometimes in the spring/summer I like to mow the lawn with an old push mower we have (just person powered, no gas or anything) so I would log that. Personally though I don't care what other people do, I figure if it works for them, great!
Edited by amarna13 On January 14, 2013 6:41 AM
January 14, 2013 6:39 AM
I think you're perfectly find doing what you're doing.

As for the people who log all activity, it would make sense if they've set themselves up as sedentary, then everything they do aside from the very basics would need to be logged.
January 14, 2013 6:39 AM
unless it's a HUGE clean, I'm talking all 3 floors, everything ordered, wardrobes colour co-ordinated, hoovered, dusted, iron, wipe down walls, shower, sinks etc then no I don't count it...even then I only go for a mass clean session 3times a year and don't count my weekly wardrobe clean (empty wardrobe onto bed, wipe down shelves and draws then colour co-ordinate and re-stack!...can take up to 4hours )
January 14, 2013 6:39 AM
It depends on the housework. I log mopping, vacuuming, sweeping and cleaning walls--things that are a bit more strenuous or cause me to sweat a little (I'm a vigorous cleaner!) I don't log laundry or washing dishes. For gardening, I did log when I was raking leaves, but probably would not for things like planting flowers. I don't eat back the majority of my exercise points, so I'm not sure it matters much in my situation.

EDIT: I am set at sedentary.
Edited by erinpooh On January 14, 2013 6:40 AM
January 14, 2013 6:40 AM
I sort of agree with the OP about housework, but a lot of my cardio is done outdoors, so I don't always sweat, even if working hard, especially in the current weather which is FREEZING. I'm all about wearing an HRM.
January 14, 2013 6:40 AM

I don't care what others log. I stay in my own lane and do what works for me.

Stay in my own lane! love it! will now try and live it! lol
January 14, 2013 6:40 AM
I hear Xzibit logs logging.
January 14, 2013 6:42 AM
Everyone is different - some people log all activity as their lifestyle is set as sedentary or it's stuff they didn't used to do before trying to lose weight/get fit. I try not to judge what others are doing.

Though for me I agree with the OP, unless I am doing it AS MY WORKOUT I don't log it, I determine that by if I bother putting my heart rate monitor or not. I also log my dog walking as I didn't used to do it, I do get my heart rate up chasing him around and my lifestyle is set to sedentary on here.
January 14, 2013 6:43 AM
I do a daily dog walk of 1 hour. If it is no overly strenuous, and I walk at moderate pace and it burns 240 calories. I don't sweat at all, but that's a lot of calories! So, depending on what level of 'activity' you refer to will very much depend on whether you expend energy or not. But I would say factor something in...
January 14, 2013 6:46 AM

I tend to log housework some of the time BUT only if I have been really on the move and then I do silly exercises whilst doing it (like lunges whilst hoovering). Some people say it may be cheating but I don't see it as that. If I was just flicking a duster around then no I wouldn't log it. It lets me see that I have been busy and that I have done something, which is better than nothing.

It's each to their own and if someone feels more motivated to move a bit more and log these kind of things into their planner then good for them as it will only keep motivating them and that can only be a GOOD thing. Sweat or no sweat.

Annie xxx
January 14, 2013 6:46 AM
I usually only log cleaning if its a strenuous down and dirty kind of cleaning!! I do; however, log breastfeeding, which in no way causes me to sweat!! I want to make sure I'm getting enough for my baby.
January 14, 2013 6:46 AM
I sweat easy, at least that's how it feels. With that take I should be logging in my cleaning, but I list my activity level as moderately moving about. It is included in the calories i believe. As for my roommate, who is a housewife, she doesn't get out much doing the activities I do. She listed herself as sedentary. Her listing cleaning, walking, and shopping would work. I'm sure if she started working out, listing those would become obsolete.


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