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UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
4/30/12 3:05 P

What do you mean there's no pilates? As already pointed out in this thread, pilates is in the cardio tracker (despite being not cardio).

When you use Spark's suggested exercise routines for ST, you are limited to 2 sets. You can't change that. But you can turn off Spark's suggestions and track your own workouts, and then enter whatever you actually did instead.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/30/12 3:00 P

ssimon, the reps thing is adjustable. You can manually enter your own workouts. I don't use the pre-generated workouts at all, myself.

Pilates is in the cardio tracker.



SSIMON74
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4/30/12 2:53 P

I don't like a lot of the fitness tracking... like any excercise only has the option to do 2 sets of 10-12 reps. I tend to do 3 sets of 10 or whatever I can do on an excercise I'm starting. There's no pilates either so I start guesstimating what kind of excercises are similar to what is in there. I feel your pain. I wish there was better tracking, hopefully they'll make that part of the site better soon. I love everything else.
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EFAY32
Posts: 115
4/30/12 2:38 P

Well, it's better than no guide at all. Your Shape does take into account your weight and gender. Possibly age too, I can't remember. Either way, I know it's closer than just ME guessing.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/30/12 1:59 P

Don't count on the Wii or Kinect to estimate the calories burned; they're less accurate even than Sparkpeople will be, because they don't track your exercise intensity... even if they track your age, weight, and gender (most of my kinect games don't) without at least some heart rate data, there's no way in heck they're accurate. ;)



EFAY32
Posts: 115
4/30/12 1:45 P

I do yoga with my Kinect sometimes on Your Shape and I enter it as "Wii Fit exercise (low or moderate intensity)" because the Kinect estimates how many calories I've burned and the Wii is close. I like that option anyway for low intensity activity that I don't have any other way of tracking.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/30/12 1:29 P

I was doing some research today, and stumbled across this very interesting study regarding yoga and cardiovascular fitness:

www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/7/40

Basically, the conclusion is you burn about the same amount doing yoga that you would walking on the treadmill at 2 MPH... so not cardio. Yoga does provide health benefits, but it's just not a big calorie burner and doesn't improve cardiovascular fitness.

I think your 75 calorie estimate is probably about right, and shouldn't be an overestimate for your purposes. :)



ABI2001
Posts: 34
4/30/12 1:26 P

Thank you all.
The only Yoga available in the tracker is actually a hard-core type of Yoga. It's not your run-of-the-mill routine. With that said, I did some more research and found out you burn 2.3-3.2 calories per minute doing traditional Yoga. So I manually entered 75 calories for half an hour. I'm just glad to see it will count towards my fitness. :-)



LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 15,949
4/30/12 1:09 P

"It is fitness and exercise, but it's not cardio; that's why it's not in the cardio tracker. "
Exactly right!
Bummer... but true.

"Vinyasa and Ahstanga will come up"
The OP does not do those types.



SNOWJESTER
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4/30/12 1:01 P

Actually it is in the fitness tracker under cardio. Go to search where you add cardio.Vinyasa and Ahstanga will come up..



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/30/12 12:17 P

It is fitness and exercise, but it's not cardio; that's why it's not in the cardio tracker.

You can still track it using the strength tracker, if you like, or the much simpler way, just enter it in your quick tracker with minutes.

You can also enter it manually, although if you do so the calories burned is very low (think 200 per hour, by some estimates, although that may be inaccurate since it doesn't burn calories the way cardio does. HRMs are useless for estimating it.)

NOw, I do agree that it is silly not to include it when pilates IS included, but there you have it.



ABI2001
Posts: 34
4/30/12 12:05 P

I'm not doing hard-core Yoga right now, but I am doing core and abdominal Yoga. I'm disappointed to see there is no place to track flexibility exercises or Yoga. Playing an instrument is in there, as is playing with your kids. There's even a Yoga emoticon. So why not include regular Yoga in the tracker? That seems a little silly, considering everybody considers it fitness and exercise.
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