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April 22, 2013 5:03 AM
What does it matter who logs what as exercise? If you do, and eat some or all of the calories, and lose, great!!
If you log it, eat some or all, and you don't lose, change it up!

And you should eat at least half of your exercise calories - MFP tends to over-exaggerate the burns.
  28768837
April 22, 2013 5:07 AM
unless it gets your heart rate going and you're sweating and it's physically a push, then no, i wouldn't consider it exercise :) but that goes for anything. my buddy goes to the gym and just wanders around and doesn't do anything and i don't consider that exercise either lol. to me, the activity doesn't matter, it's how hard you exert yourself within that activity.
  20267013
April 22, 2013 5:10 AM
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unless it gets your heart rate going and you're sweating and it's physically a push, then no, i wouldn't consider it exercise :) but that goes for anything. my buddy goes to the gym and just wanders around and doesn't do anything and i don't consider that exercise either lol. to me, the activity doesn't matter, it's how hard you exert yourself within that activity.
Again with folks insisting it's all about sweating. I apparently need to stop logging 2-hour-long walks with a full pack, and any work I do on a Gazelle Glider, because they don't make the sweat pour from my brow.
  32803618
April 22, 2013 5:10 AM
I really don't get logging stuff like this - surely you used to do washing before you started eating properly?
In my opinion you should only log stuff that you actually need to change your clothes or shoes for, something you planned to do for the specific goal of burning calories.
  31896551
April 22, 2013 5:27 AM
I once saw someone log "Food Preparation - 3 minutes". I don't think glopping a can of Chef-Boyardee into a bowl and putting in the microwave really qualifies as exercise, but whatever makes you happy, right?
April 22, 2013 5:29 AM
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NO, what is wrong with people here.
Lol. Can I log making dinner???


People actually do... :(


I once saw someone log driving. She had gone on a trip and spent the day in the car, and logged cals burned. I couldn't believe it!
April 22, 2013 5:31 AM
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I once saw someone log "Food Preparation - 3 minutes". I don't think glopping a can of Chef-Boyardee into a bowl and putting in the microwave really qualifies as exercise, but whatever makes you happy, right?
laugh

i have to laugh because really, youre only cheating yourself
  37100208
April 22, 2013 5:33 AM
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i think i'm going to sound really harsh here but...

i suspect your mindset is off and you're cheating yourself, kidding yourself that normal chores count as exercise, if you're really honest with yourself, is it a way to make yourself feel better about not doing enough real exercise? a way to convince yourself that you've earned that extra scoop at dinner?

if so, it'll make you feel better in the short term by making your log look lighter, but in the long term it will make you miserable by holding back your weight loss.


LOL on "extra scoop"!
April 22, 2013 5:34 AM
I wouldnt log preparing supper or doing dishes but but lifting up and carry 2 55 Pound baskets of laundry to the washing line about 100 feet away and then hanging it all up sounds like exercise to me. Ive never logged it in as such. Thats why i asked the question. and for those that say if you used to do it before and put on weight, y would you count it as exercise ... I used to also not count my calories or track my food when i put on weight, and they count.
April 22, 2013 5:35 AM
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okay thanks just was curious. Its not on the database. well this is week 2 for me, i didnt even realise i was eating my exercise calories till one of my friends told me not to eat them up I do put cleaning as work out even a light one cause i clean a room in my house a day. Its still moving....but shoo carrying those heavy washing baskets out to the line i could feel my heart beating. lol


Those activities should be considered when putting in your daily activity level. Virtually no one who isn't bedridden is actually sedentary- if you cook or do chores on a regular basis, you are, at the very least, lightly active. As such, things like cooking and cleaning shouldn't be counted as "exercise". Things you don't do on a regular basis, like heavy duty "spring cleaning" i think are ok, but I personally don't count it. I only count real workouts, not shopping, not cooking, not cleaning (and my laundry room is in the basement- those stairs are a workout for a pregnant lady!).

Rule of thumb: if you did it regularly while gaining weight or before attempting to lose weight, don't log it as exercise.
Edited by DelReMi On April 22, 2013 5:38 AM
  32435177
April 22, 2013 5:36 AM
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I wouldnt log preparing supper or doing dishes but but lifting up and carry 2 55 Pound baskets of laundry to the washing line about 100 feet away and then hanging it all up sounds like exercise to me. Ive never logged it in as such. Thats why i asked the question. and for those that say if you used to do it before and put on weight, y would you count it as exercise ... I used to also not count my calories or track my food when i put on weight, and they count.


Can't you think of it as a bonus?
  34671583
April 22, 2013 5:36 AM
No. No it is not. Not if you're being honest about your TDEE.
April 22, 2013 5:37 AM
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okay thanks just was curious. Its not on the database. well this is week 2 for me, i didnt even realise i was eating my exercise calories till one of my friends told me not to eat them up I do put cleaning as work out even a light one cause i clean a room in my house a day. Its still moving....but shoo carrying those heavy washing baskets out to the line i could feel my heart beating. lol


Those activities should be considered when putting in your daily activity level. Virtually no one who isn't bedridden is actually sedentary- if you cook or do chores on a regular basis, you are, at the very least, lightly active. As such, things like cooking and cleaning shouldn't be counted as "exercise".

Rule of thumb: if you did it regularly while gaining weight or before attempting to lose weight, don't log it as exercise.
So, a person who jogged 5 miles every day and gained weight because they were at a surplus of calories, shouldn't log the 5 miles once they start dieting?

Source for this, please?
  32803618
April 22, 2013 5:37 AM
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I once saw someone log "Food Preparation - 3 minutes". I don't think glopping a can of Chef-Boyardee into a bowl and putting in the microwave really qualifies as exercise, but whatever makes you happy, right?
laugh

i have to laugh because really, youre only cheating yourself


Yup. Exactly.
April 22, 2013 5:39 AM
see it all the time, and when I made a post about people's opinions when I highlighted people are cheating themselves, apparently I was a b**ch. They needed some flowers I think flowerforyou to feel better for cheating themselves by logging basic daily things.


I've actually seen someone log playing a cello (instrument that is played while sitting down!) as exercise!!!!!!
  32435177
April 22, 2013 5:41 AM
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okay thanks just was curious. Its not on the database. well this is week 2 for me, i didnt even realise i was eating my exercise calories till one of my friends told me not to eat them up I do put cleaning as work out even a light one cause i clean a room in my house a day. Its still moving....but shoo carrying those heavy washing baskets out to the line i could feel my heart beating. lol


Those activities should be considered when putting in your daily activity level. Virtually no one who isn't bedridden is actually sedentary- if you cook or do chores on a regular basis, you are, at the very least, lightly active. As such, things like cooking and cleaning shouldn't be counted as "exercise".

Rule of thumb: if you did it regularly while gaining weight or before attempting to lose weight, don't log it as exercise.
So, a person who jogged 5 miles every day and gained weight because they were at a surplus of calories, shouldn't log the 5 miles once they start dieting?

Source for this, please?


If it's something they did regularly as a part of their routine, then no. That activity and those calories burned should be included in their daily activity. If someone jogs 5 miles daily, they would be considered, at the very least, moderately active. If it's a regular thing in your routine, it should be part of your daily activity, not extra.
  32435177
April 22, 2013 5:41 AM
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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.


Bending and hanging repeatedly is exercise...it can be sweaty work. Anything that makes you move more that you did before is worthy...
April 22, 2013 5:42 AM
doh!

i'm gonna go with NO. I mean really. Lets be honest with ourselves here, shall we???
April 22, 2013 5:44 AM
I log food prep. I'll make three days worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which can be 3+ hours in one night. So hell yes I log that as exercise.
  33655141
April 22, 2013 5:47 AM
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okay thanks just was curious. Its not on the database. well this is week 2 for me, i didnt even realise i was eating my exercise calories till one of my friends told me not to eat them up I do put cleaning as work out even a light one cause i clean a room in my house a day. Its still moving....but shoo carrying those heavy washing baskets out to the line i could feel my heart beating. lol


Those activities should be considered when putting in your daily activity level. Virtually no one who isn't bedridden is actually sedentary- if you cook or do chores on a regular basis, you are, at the very least, lightly active. As such, things like cooking and cleaning shouldn't be counted as "exercise".

Rule of thumb: if you did it regularly while gaining weight or before attempting to lose weight, don't log it as exercise.
So, a person who jogged 5 miles every day and gained weight because they were at a surplus of calories, shouldn't log the 5 miles once they start dieting?

Source for this, please?


If it's something they did regularly as a part of their routine, then no. That activity and those calories burned should be included in their daily activity. If someone jogs 5 miles daily, they would be considered, at the very least, moderately active. If it's a regular thing in your routine, it should be part of your daily activity, not extra.
Out of curiosity, how do you think TDEE is calculated here?
  32803618
April 22, 2013 5:50 AM
I never count household chores unless it's shoveling snow, mowing the lawn or raking leaves ... those things to me burn more calories than washing dishes, mopping the floors ... etc.
April 22, 2013 5:50 AM
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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


Me too. I sweep, swiffer, vacuum and mop daily. I do laundry (which is in the basement, so stairs are involved) daily. I cook every day, and chase around a 14 month old, while 7 months pregnant.

the only things I log as exercise are: walking, swimming, other gym activities (lifting weights) and yoga. The calories I burn via cooking and cleaning daily are counted in my daily activity level, which is set at moderately active.
  32435177
April 22, 2013 5:51 AM
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I log food prep. I'll make three days worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which can be 3+ hours in one night. So hell yes I log that as exercise.


What are you making???
  19327692
April 22, 2013 5:54 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 has NOTHING to do with exercise. My uncle can break into a continuous sweat on command. I don't sweat hardly at all, no matter how hard I'm working out.
  3734684
April 22, 2013 5:54 AM
Really shocked at some of the responses to this we are all in the same boat here trying to be more healthy and active why make fun of people ? Maybe YOU don't count it as exercise ( and that is your right) but surely you can be polite and supportive in your answer isn't that the point of the forums?
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