Saturday, March 02, 2013
Lately, I've noticed that Sparkpeople seems to have somewhat of an obsession with the calorie counters on cardio machines. There have been several warnings about not using those because they are so inaccurate - Sparkpeople's experts say that can overestimate the calories burned by up to 40%.
What surprises me with this?
The cardio machines at my gym almost always show FEWER calories burned than the fitness tracker on Sparkpeople does. I don't know if my gym has really good equipment (they ask for age, weight and have a heart rate tracker) or if they are really off.
Either way, I don't get overly concerned with the calories out either way. Sure, I track my workouts faithfully, but for me my rate of exertion, my heart rate, and most importantly, the results I see, are what counts, not a number on a machine or a webpage.