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April 22, 2013 4:09 AM
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No.

When the weather is nice I hang my clothes to dry. This is not exercise. You may feel your heart beating but are you breaking a continuous sweat? No.


Sweating is NOT an indication of exercise at all. I sweat in my sleep.... I'm NOT exercising.
  12586283
April 22, 2013 4:09 AM
Short answer - yes. Doing anything active is a form of exercise, and you are entitled to log it and eat it...

BUT - Unless you are talking about very heavy laundry or a very long walk to get to the line, its not going to be that many calories. I would consider this task to be closer to weight lifting than cardio work, and a gym session of dedicated weight lifting burns somethign like 200KCal per hour. So if you are hanging up washing for 15 minutes and you are working at a lower effort than dedicated wight lifting you are talking less than 50 KCals - probably 20 or 30.

Don't let that put you off though - Strength training is really good for you - building muscle strength will actually increase the amount of calories your burn doing nothing (because muscle requires fuel to maintain itself), will help your posture and will make you look more toned. Furthermore you could use the opportunity to do some really good strength work. Instead of bending down to pick up the laundry items, go down into a full squat - its better or your back to lift from your legs anyway. If you can, do one+ squat without the item then do one where you pick it up. Holding your arms out straight in front of you rather than bending them will build up tone in your arms and shoulders. If you want to burn more calories, jog on the spot during the whole thing (but personally I think this would be quite tricky!)
  3981948
April 22, 2013 4:10 AM
you guys are so mean.............
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April 22, 2013 4:12 AM
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No - think of it this way - were you hanging up laundry or cleaning while you were stacking on the weight - if you were it did not stop you from getting fat - so how on earth are those same activities now helping you drop the weight?

^^smart post.
April 22, 2013 4:12 AM
I think of it this way.... If you did it regularly and got fat, then tracking it now to give yourself more calories to eat wont help you get thin.

In other words, i have an active job, i dont count the calories i burn during my workday because i gained weight and still worked. If i go for a 10,20,30 min walk outside of my Daily activities then i count those calories burnt.

If that makes sense.
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April 22, 2013 4:14 AM
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No - think of it this way - were you hanging up laundry or cleaning while you were stacking on the weight - if you were it did not stop you from getting fat - so how on earth are those same activities now helping you drop the weight?

^^smart post.


I'm with these two.

I live in america, but we have a clothesline in our basement to hang dry stuff that can't go in the dryer.

Do I count that? Hell no.. it burns maybe 3 calories if that.
  6370231
April 22, 2013 4:17 AM
NO - any activity that is classed as normal behavioural activities that you did before embarking on you health and fitness regime (i.e. cleaning, cutting the grass, having sex!! lol) should not be included. Exercise is something you do over and above general day to day chores...
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April 22, 2013 4:17 AM
Everyone saying it counts as exercise, you are right BUT ONLY if you have activity level set to sedentary, otherwise what do you think 'lightly active' means? That includes every day tasks such as cleaning, the school run, hanging washing out etc.

OP, simple answer:

If you are set as sedentary, count it.
If you are set as lightly active, don't.
  24741952
April 22, 2013 4:18 AM
This is only my Second week and some people who have been here for " ages " know more then i do, to mock me when im at least asking the question is rude.... I log my cleaning because i do get hot and sweaty and i do mop and sweep and vacuum quite vigorously. Anyone who has kids knows how quickly and messy houses can get. I would hate to see some of your houses, I dont see how scoffing at my question is funny i looked through the exercise database and cleaning is there so is sitting on your bum playing guitar or piano....im not sure how much exercise that is.

I know not all of you's made a joke of it. I thank the ones who answered me seriously!
April 22, 2013 4:18 AM
If there is one thing that these kinds of threads always prove, it's that people have no idea what "sedentary" actually means in an activity level. Sedentary does NOT mean that you never move. It does not mean that you don't go check the mailbox. It does not mean that you don't cook dinner. It does not mean that you don't do laundry or clean your house. What sedentary means is that for your day job, you spend the majority of it seated at a desk. Your BMR is the number that tells you your calorie burn if you never moved, and if you really wanted to log every little move you make throughout the day, then you would start with your BMR, not with a "sedentary" TDEE.

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It is if you put the washing basket as far from the washing line as possible & hang one item up at a time per trip. Takes me about an hour to hang the washing. I then take it down the same way. With my fitbit I can get about 5-6 thousand steps just doing it each time..... enough that I do work up a sweat cause I'm going so fast. I just had to hang my stuff up inside cause it's raining.... washing at one end of the house...clotheshorse at the other...ONE item at a time. Took me 4000 steps to do half, I'm talking ONE sock, ONE underwear, ONE tshirt, ONE pair of pants..... per trip. So grab ONE...walk to line....hang...walk back empty handed....grab one...walk to line..... you get it now?


ANYTHING can be classed as exercise if you do it right..... you should see me clean the floors.


DO NOT LISTEN to those people who do NOT class it as exercise...... if you do it like I do then it's a bloody workout in itself. I didn't hang washing like that when I was fat.

Ugh, this is so ridiculous. You're not getting a workout because you're hanging laundry. You're getting a workout by walking, while you are hanging laundry. I can put a load of clothes in the washer, do several sets of back squats, deadlifts, and bench presses while the washer runs, and then change the clothes over to my dryer, and go back to lifting, then bring the laundry upstairs. Did I get such a great workout from doing laundry? Hell no, I got a great workout because I exercised while I was doing laundry. Two separate activities, that I happened to do at the same time.
Edited by tigersword On April 22, 2013 4:22 AM
April 22, 2013 4:22 AM
Im a cashier, so i spend some of the day on my feet and some on my ass, to answer the question.
April 22, 2013 4:33 AM
I'm seriously jealous that you're in South Africa...
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April 22, 2013 4:34 AM
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This is only my Second week and some people who have been here for " ages " know more then i do, to mock me when im at least asking the question is rude.... I log my cleaning because i do get hot and sweaty and i do mop and sweep and vacuum quite vigorously. Anyone who has kids knows how quickly and messy houses can get. I would hate to see some of your houses, I dont see how scoffing at my question is funny i looked through the exercise database and cleaning is there so is sitting on your bum playing guitar or piano....im not sure how much exercise that is.

I know not all of you's made a joke of it. I thank the ones who answered me seriously!


Just because you get hot and sweaty, does not mean it's exercise.

When I vacuum and mop, I do it vigorously too.. but it takes me what? All of 5 minutes if that because I live by myself and generally only have to clean a room.

Exercise is things you purposefully do outside of your normally routine IE running, lifting weights, etc. Not things you normally do but suddenly became exercise because you want them to be.
  6370231
April 22, 2013 4:41 AM
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Short answer - yes. Doing anything active is a form of exercise, and you are entitled to log it and eat it...

BUT - Unless you are talking about very heavy laundry or a very long walk to get to the line, its not going to be that many calories. I would consider this task to be closer to weight lifting than cardio work, and a gym session of dedicated weight lifting burns somethign like 200KCal per hour. So if you are hanging up washing for 15 minutes and you are working at a lower effort than dedicated wight lifting you are talking less than 50 KCals - probably 20 or 30.


Probably the right way to look at it. Unless you are hanging a ridiculous amount of heavy clothes, doing laundry is only going to burn 20-30 calories. If you want to log it....fine. If you don't, same thing. It isn't a big picture item worth stressing about either way. For those that say don't eat back your exercise calories.....you're wrong. As long as you are eating a reasonable amount of food, it doesn't matter if you don't eat back your exercise calories, but the science (which works for the vast majority of people) says that you should be looking at net calories each day.
  16868239
April 22, 2013 4:41 AM
I wouldn't say it's exercise as such, but I guess if you hang up enough clothes then it'll do your arms some good! We live in a flat so have a tumble dryer, but when I stay at my parents' I hang the washing up. With 2 young kids we get through a lot of clothes! My arms start to ache a bit after the third load of washing!

I'm very active every day looking after my kids, but I wouldn't log it as exercise unless I've ran around a soft play place for 2 hours, or been for a long seafront walk.
April 22, 2013 4:42 AM
I completely agree - I log my cleaning as I do 2 major cleans a week for at least an hour!! Don't listen to all the negative people. I understand not putting in 5 steps walking to the washing line etc but at the end of the day its your diary and your weight loss mission.

You will know if you are cheating yourself by putting things like that in. Furthermore, if you put it in and lose weight then keep track of it. Any calorie burnt is a calorie burnt!

The most frustrating part of exercising.. a mile run burns about 130 calories which I could eat in about 2 seconds! Sigh!
April 22, 2013 4:46 AM
nothing to do here... *runs*
April 22, 2013 4:47 AM
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You log standing up?...


The bus is moving and swaying around so it's resistance training
  26925743
April 22, 2013 4:47 AM
I havent got a small 1 room place my kitchen is about 172 square feet My lounge and bathroom together are even bigger.... I dont live in one room by myself, i have a family too. lol
April 22, 2013 4:48 AM
How many pieces of laundry do you hang up at a time? Are they in a basket at your feet, or a table from which you need to turn in order to put them on the line?

Would you consider that number of toe-touches, or that number of waist twists, exercise?
  32803618
April 22, 2013 4:49 AM
No. And neither is shopping. If you want to log a calorie burn actually set aside time to "work out". Cleaning, Laundry, Cooking, and Shopping don't count. Now, if you garden, shovel snow, detail your car or something else outside of your normal day to day routine I think that's perfectly acceptable to log.
April 22, 2013 4:54 AM
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IThe most frustrating part of exercising.. a mile run burns about 130 calories which I could eat in about 2 seconds! Sigh!


Positive approach: Running 1 mile takes 7-12 minutes for most people depending on your fitness level (To put that in perspective, I do 71/2 minutes per mile for a half marathon, The marathon winners take about 5 minutes per mile). So.. if you run 6 miles (10k) at a 10 minute mile, that's ~800 calories AND an hour in which you aren't eating anything :)

Also, 130 calories is a small amount of full fat cheese but a heck of a lot of fresh crunchy vegetables :)
  3981948
April 22, 2013 4:57 AM
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No - think of it this way - were you hanging up laundry or cleaning while you were stacking on the weight - if you were it did not stop you from getting fat - so how on earth are those same activities now helping you drop the weight?


I'd disagree with this completely. Gaining fat, for normal healthy people (meaning no thyroid problems, PCOS, etc), is a matter of eating in excess of your calories burned. You could run 3 hours daily and then go home and eat twice the calories you burned and gain weight, despite the fact that you were exercising quite a bit.
April 22, 2013 4:58 AM
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No - think of it this way - were you hanging up laundry or cleaning while you were stacking on the weight - if you were it did not stop you from getting fat - so how on earth are those same activities now helping you drop the weight?

^^smart post.


I AGREE!
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April 22, 2013 4:59 AM
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You log standing up?...


The bus is moving and swaying around so it's resistance training


Alright, now I've heard it all.

Guess I better log all that standing I do at work as resistance training because otherwise I'm just cheating my self out of calories.
  6370231

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