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Mini Comparison study....more confused than ever

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.

My conclusions?

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.........................
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    Sounds like you are really doing some great work outs there my friend. I was thinking of that the other day when Erik's new fridge was freezing my lettuce- Some how it got set lower than it was supposed to be; I'll talk to Jacob next time he's here. I told my eldest son that I was just heading into my office/disaster to look for the fridge book, he opened the fridge and reset it-then showed me how. Yay for brilliant sons! Thank God for four of them.
    Now I'm inspired, but I think I'll get a fitbit.

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    1848 days ago
    emoticon that would be confusing!
    1852 days ago
    I'm with the rest of them, you did an awesome workout and my brain isn't working the math this morning:) Way to go with getting all of the tracking and measuring down though-you will have it all down to a science soon and can do the math for the rest of us!!
    1852 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    most of the garmin gps do not work in door unless you have a foot pod, mini tramp is way low, from what i have learned a woman will burn about 75-100 c per mile running so i would expect your to be around 250-350 for that workout. IMHO
    1853 days ago
    Awww, I'm tired and I don't wanna do math problems. Shouldn't there be a place on the tracker that just says 'really good workout'?
    1853 days ago
  • JANET552
    This makes my head spin! I agree with Sharon -- awesome workout.
    1853 days ago
    Any way you look at it, it's an awesome workout though!
    1853 days ago
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