Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Now I have started to wonder if I have been sabotaging my wt. loss efforts by not accounting properly for my exercise. The closer we are to our wt. goal the more important that we are calculating calories in and calories out as our bodies can easily decide that they need to hang on to those calories if the balance is way off. And of course if we over estimate our calorie burn that too will create an imbalance that can result in the dreaded plateau.
So today I did something I have not done before. I normally only wore my garmin for my outdoor runs and to tell you the truth I wasn't even sure if I knew how to set it for an indoor workout, but I strapped on my heartrate sensor and set off on an indoor run while listening to SparkRadio.
When I finished my run, I logged it in as I would have normally on the tracker as a mini tramp run, but I also made note of the estimates provided by my pedometer and I looked at alternative methods of tracking and the calorie burn estimates in those methods. My Heartrate monitor gave me my heartrates but did not give a reading of calories burned...I guess I need to read the book as I probably didn't set it up correctly for an indoor workout.
Pedometer: 6817 steps 3.22 mi 280.6 cal for 43 min.
Mini tramp run Sparkfitness tracker: 43 min. 151 cal.
HR average 139 with max HR 162 46min 51 sec includes a cool down
43 min run on the sparkfitness tracker would have estimated 358 cal.
Now that clarifies it doesn't it?
Ok, estimates are just that and I don't fault any of the variations. I don't believe the mini tramp is a perfect run simulator so I would tend to disregard the final estimate. The pedometer is set up with my wt. and age etc. so I tend to think it may be a pretty good estimate. The mini tramp estimate in the fitness tracker is probably not assuming a steady pace of a 12-13 min mile pace so that one is probably a little bit low. Since my garmin didn't tell me a calorie burn estimate it wasn't very helpful with the exception of showing that I was maintaining a reasonable work effort.
I need to read the book for my garmin and see if I can't get a calorie burn estimate on that the next time I do this. sigh
If all else fails.........................
....................read the instructions! LOL