Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I have a heart rate monitor with a chest strap, which I love, and when I go to the gym, their Cybex machines pick up my heart rate through wireless monitoring. Technically, I wouldn't have to wear the watch part of my HRM because the machine does it.
Now I wear the watch because the the Cybex machine consistently says I burn 100-150 MORE calories than my watch is saying. Both devices have my weight on it, and the machine, as well as my watch, are correctly reporting my heart rate. HOW does the machine say I'm burning more calories, and WHICH is right?!?
100-150 calories per work out is a LOT of calories when you add it up over a week. I go to the gym 4 days a week, so you're looking at an additional 400-600 calories burned that I'm not taking into account.... or am I really burning those calories?!? I thought about taking an average of the numbers, but I really don't know what to do.
I read an article on Spark that said you should use your HRM because you also put in your height, gender and resting heart rate... I would love some input from anyone.