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Which number is right???

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So I been using a pedometer for about a year now. I keep it in my pocket and track my steps, miles walked, and calories. I try to hit 7500 steps a day. Weekends I hit 12,000 to 13,000 due to the fact I don't ever stop moving on the week end. Between workout class at the gym and keeping up a 3 acre yard and just working around the house.
I recently bought at heart rate monitor watch that tracks heart rate , calories burned and so on. Last night I got on the treadmill and walk/run 38 minutes. According to the heart rate monitor I burned 358 calories which I didn't push the start button until after 7 minutes in so it only tracked it for 31 minutes. My treadmill said I went 1.52 miles and burned 160 calories. My pedometer said I walked a total of 7696 steps for the day, 3881 which were aerobic that as on the treadmill, but I only walked a total of 1.47 miles for the whole day. So when I tracked that in the fitness tracker here on SP I selected the 20 minute mile for 38 minutes and it said I only burned 169 calories.

So which is it. Should I go by the heart rate monitor because it kept track of my heart rate through out yjr workout and knew how hard I was working out? Did I not select the correct workout on the fitness tracker? Regardless of what the readings are I just happy I got back on that treadmill and stayed on. emoticon

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    I have wondered that myself but I try to stick with the heart rate monitor no matter what you use you will be able to tell the difference as time goes on. emoticon
    2689 days ago
  • MESSA82
    I use to use a heart rate monitor until it started putting up unrealistic numbers. I realized this one day when I was jogging (15min/mile) on 2nd mile and it said my heart rate was at 50%... lol that was my resting heart rate! There was no way I was working that hard and it be that low. So I gave up on it. I have noticed that my treadmill and spark are close in the cal burn so I just go with it. however I have also noticed that my friends monitor shows lower cal burn for some of the other workouts I do then spark does... so I guess I just hope that somewhere it evens out! Whatever the cal burn keep up the great work!
    2689 days ago
    Great job! I think the heart rate monitor is the best source for calories burned. I use mine religiously and it's ALWAYS different than what the elliptical shows! Sounds like you're doing all you can. Stick with it and I'm sure you'll see great results!!

    2689 days ago
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