The joy (and frustration) of heart rate monitors
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Ok, so I finally figured out how to use the heart rate monitor I got. (whoo hoo! I'm not dumb anymore!)
Anyway, so I was really excited to see exactly how many calories I'm burning and what heart rate I'm reaching when I'm out strolling around outside, or jogging.
I am disappointed that at the gym I'm not burning as many calories as I thought I was! I think mostly because I stick to my favorite machines. My body has gotten really used to two in particular, the elliptical and the arctrainer. They are similar in design, but work different variations and inclines.
Well apparently on the elliptical I'm really only burning about 80% of what the machine says I am. So that sorta stinks, but isn't too bad. My FAVORITE machine? The arctrainer. According to my heart rate monitor I'm only burning 60% of the calories the machine says I am. Basically, I need to work out TWICE as long in order to burn what I want.
That'll teach me for using the arctrainer as my main sorce of fitness. I do switch up my routine. I also utilize the treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, stair stepper, arm machine....and I think that's all of the cardio machines I do. But I didn't really do them that often because I couldn't torch the calories on them, like I (thought I) could on the arctrainer!
The one I dislike the most (the treadmill) seems about 95% accurate according to my heart rate monitor, probably because I don't do it very often!
So again, I think it's cool to see the calories I'm burning. But I'm super bummed that I'm either going to have to work out longer or eat even less than I am eating now!
No wonder I've been stuck for awhile!