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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/18/14 1:41 P

I tend to walk daily, and have started running for 5-10 minutes in the middle, just because I feel healthier, and can. I have 26 " legs, so 3.0 m.p.h. is a brisk walk for me, and 3.5 is about as fast as I can walk. What I do, is divide the miles by the time, and treat it like I just walked @ 3.75 m.p.h for example.

As long as it is close, I don't think it matters much. I do exercise to wake me up in the morning, and improve health, not to burn X amount of calories. If I gain weight, I will cut calories, and keep exercise the same. I think people tend to turn the whole diet/exercise thing into a math problem, and should just do their exercise for fun, and eat a healthy diet, and adjust diet based on what is happening on the scale. If you are losing at a decent pace, or maintaining a healthy weight, then all is good.

MARTHA324 SparkPoints: (153,034)
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5/18/14 10:54 A

What I find more accurate is to wear a heart rate monitor that is calibrated to my stats. Not only can I ensure that my heart rate gets and stays where it should be, but I get an accurate count of calories burned. That said, I don't overly obsess about calories burned or eaten; I do faithfully track everything I eat as honestly as possible, but let's face it, a lot of guess work. If I'm eating primarily real foods and lots of plants and watch my portions AND move every day it seems to work out in the end.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,376
5/17/14 7:57 P

Try the calorie calculator at

Enter any two of speed, distance or time, and it will work out the rest.

Walking and running are pretty well studied and understood forms of exercise, and online calculators are reasonably reliable for this.

Gym equipment (including treadmills) is notorious for significantly overestimating calories burned.

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5/17/14 6:03 P

Treadmills are notoriously inaccurate. They usually tell you a higher calorie burn than you are actually getting. Whether you are running or walking, you are probably burning about 100 calories a mile. A little more or less depending on your weight. I think SP's ranges for calories burned for running and walking are pretty accurate, unless you are walking at an incline, in which case you can add a couple more calories per minute of exercise.

YANNIEII Posts: 51
5/17/14 4:17 P


FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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10/17/13 3:03 P

I think that the difference in what the treadmill says you burned and this site tells you can vary. I did a 11:42 min/mile run (5.12 mph) on the treadmill this morning and it said that I burned 107 calories. This site said 100 calories. So, the difference isn't too terribly different. If you add in an incline, this site doesn't count for that either unless you are at an incline of 5%, 10%, of 15%. If you are walking an 18 minute mile, when you log it into the fitness tracker it will be rounded down since there is no 18 min/mile.

Perhaps heart rate monitors would be a good thing to use but even they can be inaccurate, depending on what you buy and if you use it properly.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (174,566)
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10/17/13 12:13 P

The HRM attached to treadmills generally do not use your HR to calculate calorie burn.

BFGURU Posts: 181
10/17/13 12:11 P

The treadmill at the gym has HR monitors, and it adjusts calories burned every time I use it. Not sure how accurate it is, but I would be crawling if it docked 100 calories off what I burned lol.

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10/17/13 12:10 P


WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 949
10/17/13 10:51 A

Get a heart rate monitor. It is probably the most accurate estimate for calories burned you can get, outside a lab.

As a side note, my HRM and what SP says are generally really close. The machines (treadmill, elliptical, stair climbers) are always a hundred or more of calories higher than what my HRM indicates.

FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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10/17/13 10:40 A

If go 4.45 mph on the treadmill, then enter my time and distance in the mileage, it will probably come up as 4 mph. So, I'd average the number of calories the treadmill says I burned, what spark people says when I entered in time and distance, as well as what this site says for the treadmill at 4 mph and at 5 mph. If the average came up with a decimal, I'd round down. I know it's not accurate, but I think it works for me. If you were doing run/walk intervals, then type "intervals of run walk or walk jog." It will come up with "intervals of run walk or walk jog 6 mph or slower (greater than 10 minutes per mile).

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (174,566)
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10/17/13 8:54 A

click 'enter your own exercise' under my fitness.

BFGURU Posts: 181
10/17/13 8:50 A

I just don't feel like prefabbed exercises offered indicate what I'm really doing. At least not when I compare what is on the treadmill vs. the caloric burn expressed here.

So, is there a way to track calories burned based off of exactly what the treadmill says my speed is and distance traveled as opposed to going by minutes?

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