Monday, November 8, 2010

Housework burns calories???

My weekly workout routine:

Sunday - Circuits

Monday - Rest Day

Tuesday - Circuits & Maintenance Run

Wednesday - Circuits

Thursday - Clean house for 3 hrs & Interval Training

Friday - Rest Day

Saturday - Circuits & Long Distance Run

Did you see anything strange? That's right; I include my major house cleaning in my calorie burn. My heart rate isn't up, but I am moving and sweating the entire time. I have been trying to figure out what else I can do on Thursdays for cardio. I'm supposed to burn between 1200 & 1400 calories doing cardio on Thursdays. Running doesn't burn that many calories, we don't own any work out DVD’s, we don't own any cardio equipment and we don't have a gym membership. I was looking at the activity calculator and saw that they have cleaning as a way to burn calories. They have it broken down into many categories so I was able to get pretty close to what I'm actually burning. I figure if I clean for 3 hours I'm burning a little over 800 calories. So guess what. . . my house gets cleaned now. Don’t get me wrong, there are still Thursdays that I don’t want to clean, but I remember how many calories it burns. So it has to be done! Now, I don't count my everyday comings and goings but I decided that something as large as 3 hours has to be counted.

Here's to a clean house and to burning calories!

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