I'm sorry you're going through a stressful time, that always sucks. :(
Since it's just this week, know that you will not have made any significant fitness changes in one week that will change how much any activity burns for you. I would suggest using last week's figures, which will be more accurate, and relying on the HRM again once the stress source has (hopefully!) been resolved.
Deb, in New Zealand
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 1/10/13 6:16 P
A heart rate monitor uses an algorithm based on your heart rate to calculate calories expended, however, just know that even a HRM's reading is just an estimate, although a much more accurate estimate than an online calorie calculator.
Calories expended is based on the amount of oxygen the body consumes in relation to large muscle activation which therefore causes a rise in one's heart rate.
I would not get too concerned about the calories burn being slightly higher. Unfortunately anything that calculates calories burned outside a formal laboratory with lots of fancy equipment gives us an estimate.
I hope this helps!
1/10/13 5:41 P
I usually do 50 minutes on my ellipitical machine. My resting HR is around 60 bpm. Normally, I have to really work hard to get my HR in the 130s when I am exercising. This week I have been going through an emotional crisis. I have tried to keep on my regular exercise routine because I thought the release of endorphins might help fight feeling of depression and despair. When I am exercising and start thinking about my situation my heart rate is going up into the 130s with moderate exertion. When I increased to high exertion my heart rate went up to the high 140s. I quit early today because I was concerned about my HR. My question is my HRM is telling me I am burning alot more calories because of the increased HR but, I don't know if I really am since stress is causing it and not actual exercising of my muscles.
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