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Postby ranger 2 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:46 pm

I am just wondering if you can count gardening/ housework as exercise. Like pulling up weeds, sweeping, vaccuming etc... You get my drift. The reason I ask is because my parents don't think it is but I do. Please set me straight.

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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:28 pm

It's definitely counted as light exercise at Weight Watchers, or at least it was when I was a member several years ago.
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Postby milkyway » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:32 pm

I checked with Calorie King and gardening is given 145 cals for 30 mins. Couldn't find housework in there.

I know I always feels sore after gardening - you use muscles you don't ordinarily use (or something!?!)
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:38 pm

I ended up looking up how many calories different types of housework burned on another site and then created a custom exercise in Calorie King so that 'dishwashing' became part of my official exercise routine. No way I'm washing all those dishes without some weight-loss benefit! :wink:
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Postby Fireball » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:36 am

Your parents are probaly confused as everyone is trying to cash in and turn weight loss into a product to sell so there is lots of misleading info floating about. At the end of the day weight loss boils down to expending more energy than you consume. The form of exercise is irrelevant. You can get a good sweat up in the garden, vacuuming etc. the same as in the gym. I am planning on renovating my house as my main form of exercise for the next 6 months.
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Postby yoyogirl88 » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:21 am

In the CK list there is a thing called home activities. Its in the new format, I use that when ive had a few hours cleaning here.
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Postby GoddessInside » Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:10 am

I remember at WW they used to include housework as light exercise too !

Well it better count as exercising as I did 2.5hrs of Ironing on Sunday night and my muscles were killing me :lol:
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