I use a Polar heart rate monitor. It calculates calories burned based on age, weight, resting heart rate. I use an elliptical that also that is able to read my chest band sensor. My elliptical shows a lower number of calories than my Polar HRM, but I have been on other exercise equipment that over estimates calories burned. If you use the monitor that came with your treadmill it will help you to keep track of your heart rate so you will know if you are getting a good cardio workout.
How do you know how many calories you are really burning during a workout session? My treadmill will show one number, myfitnesspal will show another #. My treadmill came with a chest strap heart rate monitor. I just haven't figured out how to use that exactly. Will that typically automatically show me how many calories I am burning?
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