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Posts: 777
3/25/13 7:18 A

Thanks, the guide was helpful

Interesting to know also that there can be underestimates as well as over on the calories burned during exercise depending on different programs or apps measuring

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3/25/13 4:59 A

I use runkeeper as well, and have found it to be quite accurate. I like that it takes elevation into account. I have the opposite problem and find that spark overestimates, so I go with runkeeper.

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3/25/13 1:28 A

A very rough rule of thumb is that you burn about 100 calories per mile walked (slightly more for heavier people, slightly less for lighter people). If you walked 1 mile or so, then the 140 is more likely to be right. If it was 2 miles, 240 is more likely to be right.

Spark doesn't take vertical gain into account, but it would take a gain of several hundred vertical feet to burn 240 calories in 1 mile plus.


Posts: 777
3/24/13 10:01 P

The app was something like runkeeper and takes weight, height and also did gps

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3/24/13 9:42 P

950 more or less

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3/24/13 9:16 P

Couple of questions. What was the app, and what input does it accept? (Weight, heigh, gender, GPS, etc?)

How far did you walk? How much do you weight? (It's relevant, the more you weigh, the more you will burn.)

Posts: 777
3/24/13 9:00 P


I'm using an app that tracks my distance, elevation and weight during a walk and that showed as an example that I burned 240 calories for my walk this morning. I put the same information on SparkPeople (no elevation) and it said 140 calories burned instead. How do I know what is accurate?


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