Nice article. I really hate cardio because I associate it with negative feelings of gym class in high school- yuck! So it is good to see the many options. I have been thinking that my next purchase should be a rebounder. I would love to put one out on my porch for a change to my morning workouts.
It amazes me that there are always people that think they are too good for housework to count for cardio. Great for them! If their vacuum is light and moves easily, or their house is small or stays relatively clean, then perhaps, for them, it's not going to count as cardio. But the article lays out the guidelines. Reach the heartrate and last 10 minutes. Whatever meets the guidelines counts. So check your heart rate and you know if it counts. It doesn't matter if someone else thinks that housework isn't good enough-ignore them. This is something that I use to motivate myself to do all my housework at once. I use a bodymedia fit and before that I used a basic heart rate monitor. I know when I'm doing cardio and when I'm not. If that means climbing the counters in my boys' bathroom and scrubbing down the mirrors, scrubbing their counter, toilet, and tub, then so be it. And if I do all that and my heart rate didn't reach the desired number for the right time? Then it didn't count. Oh well.
2/22/2013 12:39:48 PM
Even if you aren't getting your heart rate to that "target" cardio rate while cleaning house, at least you are doing something other than sitting on the couch. You burn more calories cleaning than just sitting. That has to count for something.
I have never figured out why people will buy every labor-saving device known to man (riding mowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers, robot vacuums, etc, etc...) and then pay more money to join a gym and then pay yet more money for gas to DRIVE to a gym...in order to work out! Goodness, most of us have plenty of opportunities to engage in useful activites (housework, yard work, child care, pet care) and fun activities (walking, hiking, skating, biking, playing games/sports) and get all the cardio & strength training we need. Grab a pair of shoes, a shovel, a rake, a bicycle, a football, or whatever and just get out there and DO something!
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