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February 11, 2013 9:22 AM
Am I just seeing things wrong? I'm still working things out on this site.

It seems to me that, for instance, if I do ten minutes on my elliptical trainer versus ten minutes on housework MFP puts the housework as more calories loss. But I sweat more doing the elliptical. Doesn't seem right to me. I'm confused by it. I mean if that is the case then I'll just do my housework lol.
February 11, 2013 9:25 AM
I find the calorie burned calculator on MFP a little off. I'd look up the exercises on multiple other websites to get the average calories burned or invest in a HRM.
February 11, 2013 9:26 AM
I always go by what my HRM says. Best investment ever!
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February 11, 2013 9:26 AM
Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.
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February 11, 2013 9:27 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


QFT
February 11, 2013 9:27 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


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February 11, 2013 9:30 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


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February 11, 2013 9:30 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.

Yep.
I'm Guessing the reason housework is an option on here is for intense spring/deep cleaning, not a 10 minute run around with the hoover, hence why it gives you a decent burn. Don't log silly little things, they are already included I'm your activity level.
February 11, 2013 9:32 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.
February 11, 2013 9:34 AM
I log housework when I do it. There is an option for "light housework" which gives a very small burn.
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February 11, 2013 9:34 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.


The time is irrelevant.
February 11, 2013 9:35 AM
I tried it. MFP gives 42 for 10 min vigorous cleaning and 147 for 10 min elliptical. That seems like a reasonable spread.
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February 11, 2013 9:37 AM
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I find the calorie burned calculator on MFP a little off. I'd look up the exercises on multiple other websites to get the average calories burned or invest in a HRM.


That would make sense to me. I had noticed that some of my "less abled-bodied" friends had logged housework and as I'm moving house and packing and cleaning I thought perhaps I could also put it for exercise too. But I noticed the difference in the cals burnt.

Thanks for explaining. :)
February 11, 2013 9:38 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


QFT


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February 11, 2013 9:38 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.


There was no negativity. It was fact.

But I clearly don't know what I'm talking about and you obviously didn't actually want any real answers so good luck to you in your weight loss goals.
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February 11, 2013 9:39 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


True! Unless you're down on your knees and hard at it all day !
February 11, 2013 9:41 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


True! Unless you're down on your knees and hard at it all day !

So many places I could go with that.
February 11, 2013 9:41 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.


I've always done the same house work whether I was 170 pounds or 300 pounds. I didn't get fat by not cleaning my house.
February 11, 2013 9:45 AM
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I always go by what my HRM says. Best investment ever!


^^This.
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February 11, 2013 9:45 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.


There was no negativity. It was fact.

But I clearly don't know what I'm talking about and you obviously didn't actually want any real answers so good luck to you in your weight loss goals.


Putting words in the OP's mouth ("clearly", "obviously you didn't") doesn't establish you as a credible or likeable person. Just because you are right does not also automatically mean that you can't be negative.
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February 11, 2013 9:47 AM
I agree with the not logging housework mentality. HRM are good also. I think MFP's exercise numbers are not always really accurate. I don't worry a ton about them though, I just log my exercise and usually don't eat back all of my exercise calories, so I don't worry about it. If you want exact numbers, a HRM is definitely the way to go. But for me, their guesstimates have worked.
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February 11, 2013 9:47 AM
I think it would be better to get something like a Fitbit Activity Monitor.
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February 11, 2013 9:47 AM
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Stop logging 10 minutes of housework. That's not exercise.


Oooh the negativity! The "ten" minutes was just a "for-instance" not actual time as I couldn't remember if it was an hour I did or not. But thank you for the response.


I've always done the same house work whether I was 170 pounds or 300 pounds. I didn't get fat by not cleaning my house.


^^^ This^^^ True. If it is not something that actually impacted your weight loss don’t log it. E.g. walking your dog for five minutes, cleaning, going to the mall, grocery shopping, etc… Unless it is for you to keep track and latter know your actual activity level, but if it is so you can eat the calories at the end of the day don’t do it.
February 11, 2013 9:49 AM
It's rather aggravating that anyone considers housework or shopping to be "working out" worthy of calorie burn logging. I'm not even sure why it's part of the cardio section at all, to be honest, and it can and does confuse people at first. Those kinds of burns (because yes, you DO burn) falls under your TDEE, or Total Daily Energy Expenditure. Everything that we do burns calories over the course of the day, but if you factor in burns that are supposed to be in this category separately, you're screwing up your totals for the day and making things more complicated.

Keep it simple-- if you work up a true sweat, log it. If you don't, don't! And if your sweating is part of your daily job, and therefore part of the Activity Level Modifier that you choose when determining your BMR and TDEE, then don't count that as a separate burn. Easy peasy. Good luck, and feel free to add me, I promise I will never jump down your throat if you have questions like others on these forums love to do.
Edited by Ramberta On February 11, 2013 9:50 AM
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February 11, 2013 9:55 AM
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I always go by what my HRM says. Best investment ever!


Thanks I'll check that out now. :)

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