Today’s activity? Housekeeping.
According to the calorie counter at MyFitnessPal, I burned 454 calories cleaning my apartment today. To put that in perspective, for someone my weight, running (or according to the website, jogging) three miles at a rate of 10 mph burns 435 calories. That’s three six-minutes miles. I burned more calories today cleaning than I would have burned if my chosen activity of the day was running, because I have never in my life completed a mile in six minutes and cannot even remember the last time I ran three in a row.
Eight different times today, I set a timer for fifteen minutes and straightened and cleaned as much as I possibly could before the buzzer went off. When it rang, I was a little out of breath and sweaty. So I might have burned more calories, but since I am dealing with a website that considers a six-minute mile “jogging,” I’m going to go ahead and measure my activity as light (rather than heavy) housekeeping.
But no matter what you call it, here’s the best part – my home is two hours cleaner now than it was this morning.
Yep. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.
I think MyFitnessPal just became my favorite app. Don’t be surprised if I start measuring everything I do in how many miles I saved myself from running.