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9,689 4/13/13 8:18 A
Does that runtastic app track heart rate?
They all use different equations for their calculations, in general. You would think someone would demand they be corrected if they're overestimating, but cardio machines as a rule overestimate, and no one's corrected them. People *like* burning more calories! Even if it's not true.
They're all estimates at the end of the day, and you have to take that into account. You won't super accurate unless you're in a lab with a mask and scientists with clipboards. ;)
Are those friends more overweight than you? You probably DO burn less than someone who walks less often. The more you do an exercise, the more efficient you are at it. Not a bad thing. :)
Very informative...once our weather breaks (we're out of a drought!!!), I intend to ramp up my exercise with walking consistently.
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,570 4/12/13 4:34 P
Short of having a VO2max meter hooked up to you at a clinical setting, calories burned is an approximation with about a 70% error bar. Calories from food only have a slightly less margin of error. You have to take these kinds of things as general estimates and just do what you're supposed to in order to be healthy.
Many of my friends use an online app called runtastic or some such thing, that posts the route they walked, the distance, the time, and how many calories they burned on facebook. They walk WAY less than I do and the app says they burned way MORE calories than I do. (It definitely doesn't say "100 calories per mile.")
Now, we can say that the calculations by that app are wrong, but lots of people use it. Wouldn't someone at some point demand that the numbers be corrected?
I tend to underestimate the calories I burn, but how do we know which calorie calculators are telling us the truth?
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3,412 4/12/13 3:29 P
I like the 100 calories per mile.
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681 4/12/13 12:42 P
You can log it on your fitness tracker page and it will calculate for you - click on the "mileage" tab (it's red) on top of the "what did you do today?" search box. (I'm not sure if this tab is something everyone has - if you don't have it, you might have to create a weekly mileage goal).
From there, you just enter the distance you ran/walked and the time, and it will automatically calculate the calories burned.
Edited by: REGINA_PHALANGE at: 4/12/2013 (12:44)
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 4/12/13 9:03 A
A good rule of thumb is about 100 calories per mile. Obviously it varies depending on your weight, height, and effort, but it's not going to vary much. You can plug it in to the calculator here to see what it shows for you.
Fitness Minutes: (21,181)
563 4/12/13 8:11 A
My understanding (and someone else can correct me if I'm wrong) is that the distance is what is important when figuring your calories for running and walking. As in, you'll burn the same number of calories if you walk one mile as you will if you jog one mile. Of course, the faster you go, the further you go, meaning that you'll burn more calories in less time.
As far as figuring them out, I always just use the exercise tracker here. Usually I go back and drive the route I walked, figure out how long it took and therefore how many mph I was going, and enter it in. If you want a more precise measure you'd probably need a heart rate monitor or something like that.
Fitness Minutes: (57,748)
161 4/12/13 7:37 A
Is there any easy way to figure out mph and calories burned by walking? If I walk X miles in Y minutes, etc.
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