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CUDA440 SparkPoints: (83,312)
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9/26/13 11:46 A

I just checked mine numbers to compare

Map my run - 3.1 miles 37 min = 455 calories
SP - Run at 11 min mile, 37 min = 367

Only off about 90 calories. Since I am about at goal, I don't pay too much attention to the numbers. I just get a great workout in at least 5-6 times a week, and watch my food intake.


MLAN613 Posts: 16,310
9/26/13 8:15 A

The MapMyRun calorie burn inflation is my biggest complaint with it! Actually, it's my only complaint.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,330
9/26/13 6:44 A

Yeah, those mapmyrun figures do seem inflated, and they don't pass either of two reality checks.

First, you can expect to burn about 100-120 calories per mile run.

Secondly, most people burn about 6-10 calories per minute on a sustained basis - 6 on the moderate end, 10 on the more vigorous. Somebody who was fit and really pushing themselves might burn 12-13 per minute - figures above this are not really feasible.

760 for 4 miles in 40 minutes.


MALAMI518 SparkPoints: (120,755)
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9/26/13 6:32 A

Thank you, all for your insight! I didn't know about putting in distance and time. I'll see if that makes a difference. I may add a HRM to my wish list.

DASHKATH Posts: 861
9/26/13 5:22 A

If you put you time and distance in SP it will calculate the correct "selection" for you. Also make sure you have your weight in both SP and MapMyRun. I use both all the time and I get about the same calories burned for both.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
9/24/13 11:40 A

If possible, consider investing in a HRM, it will be a little more accurate than the estimate on SP and MMR

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,135)
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9/23/13 9:39 P

Yes. A general rule of thumb for most people is around 100 calories per mile burned when walking/running. Obviously, you'll burn a couple more when you are heavier, or run more intensely, but the variance isn't going to be as much as Map My Run appears to be providing you.

MALAMI518 SparkPoints: (120,755)
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9/23/13 8:54 P

I don't have a HRM. I've been using Map My Run app to keep track of my walk/jog sessions. It reports a much higher calorie burn than what I get when I use the Fitness Tracker. Any idea which is closer to accurate?

For example, today I recorded two 4 miles sessions. The first was 4 miles in 46:50 and the second was 4 miles in 50:59. Map My Run said 769 calories for the first and 670 calories for the second. I used "Intervals of run/walk or walk/jog: 6 mph or slower" in the tracker. It gave me 378 calories for the first 4 miles and 410 calories for the second. That seems to be a big difference. Is Map My Run really that inflated?

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