I have an App on my iPhone called "Lose It!". It asks for your body weight, what your goal weight is and how long you give yourself to reach your goal, then it tells you how many calories you should consume per day in order to meet your goal.
You may also enter the amount of exercise you've had for the day and it guesstimates how many calories you've burned. Since I just started the App on Monday, and haven't joined a gym yet, I counted going to my side job last night for 3 hours (because I was doing some cleaning and heavy lifting) and scrubbing the tub when I got home as part of my exercise. To play it safe, I typed in ONE hour of "housework" instead of 3 and the App told me I had burned about 219 calories.
Strictly out of curiosity, I clicked on it to see what it said.
First it asks you for the intensity "passive, light, kissing" "general, moderate" & "Active, vigorous".
So I tested "passive" and entered an hour-
ERH! ZERO calories burned!
I tried "general" and that gave us-
33 calories burned. Close but no cigar!
I tried "vigorous" and that gave us-
55 calories burned for one hour. Kinda whimpered out there at the end huh?
I'm wondering how they test these things. Do they account for solo acts?
Anyway! Burning 55 calories after some vigorous schtooping versus 219 from house work?
Listen, I'm not one to dismiss scientific data without some careful consideration. And also, we all know an hour of some slap and tickle is only possible in that island we'll call "Yeahrightland"! Perhaps I've said too much?
So the lesson of the day, ladies and gents, is: Stop wasting your time with the kooky nooky and do something productive like scrubbing a tub!
If you run out of things to clean in your home, shoot me an email and I'll let you come over and help me clean my house for free. You read that right, FOR FREE!
And now? The Nyquil awaits me!