Study: Housework Does Not Count As Exercise

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File photo of a person gardening, which a recent study suggest does not meet exercise standards.  (credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

File photo of a person gardening, which a recent study suggest does not meet exercise standards. (credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – According to a recent study, housework does not count as exercise.

Doctors suggest that people should have at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity.

Earlier studies have suggested that housework can be included in those minutes, but this study found that people overestimate how active they are with their activities.

Researchers interviewed 4,563 adults about their workout habits. They found that 43 percent reported activity levels that met the standard of 150 minutes per week. The study found that housework counted for 36 percent of exercise. Researchers also found that those who counted housework in their weekly exercise total tend to be heavier that those who did a more physical exercise regime.

Women were more likely to report more time doing housework. Only 20 percent of women met the 150 minute standard.

According to the Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide, 30 minutes of vacuuming burns 130 calories while 30 minutes of cycling on a stationary bike burns 400 calories.

The study was published in the BMC Public Health journal.

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