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12/7/09 3:58 P

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$300????? What HRM's did you look at?! Mine cost a little over $100 and I love it! Check out the Polar's. I have an F6. It is great (it has its quirks, but I am sure they all do). You can find the Polar F6 on Amazon for about $120!

They really are worth it in my book. It makes it easier to track all your workouts and really see what you are doing. It is great incentive to keep going, but also a good way to know when you need to step it up! Since, as we get more fit, we burn fewer calories doing the same things... it'll help you to know when you need to increase the intensity!

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SPROCKETTEARLE Posts: 3
12/5/09 5:29 P

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Thanks. Your note sent me looking at HRM's. I may invest in one ~$300 to better monitor my skiing, tennis and gym workouts. Maybe I'll ask for one for Christmas!
I got a personal trainer to give me a ski preparation work out so I've been using it for three weeks. Given it is more focused than my usual power training hopefully I'll see results on the slopes; need snow! Maybe I'll get some finesse in my skiing and less reliant on power. Thanks again!



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12/4/09 4:42 P

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it is sooo difficult to really calculate it without an HRM. It depends not only on your age/height/weight, but also your fitness level and think about it, some slopes are more difficult than others? Were you skiing moguls? cause that would work your thighs much more.

My sister who is really fit and small... last year wore her HRM skiing, after about 3 runs, her cal burn was up to 400...she gave us a report every time we got on the ski lift! :)

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SPROCKETTEARLE Posts: 3
11/24/09 1:42 P

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I don't think the 400 per hour is discounted for lift lines and chair time. However, if you said 400 was for time spent going down the hill then Peak to Creek at Whistler takes ~15-20 minutes which would be 100 to 133 calories. That's one heck of a leg burn for so few calories! I guess like everything else the answer is 'it depends'. We need to find a matrix of all the factors.

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11/24/09 1:35 P

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150 cals for an hour? That seems pretty low to me. Spark calculates based on weight and I think you would be pretty tiny for 150. From what I remember it is over 400 for an hour. for me.

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11/24/09 1:21 P

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I don't remember where I got the number but for years I've used 150 calories per hour for downhill skiing. I make no distinction between Whistler or my local hill nor how long the lift lines. So for 5 hours of skiing (lunch and hot chocolate doesn't count) you burn 750 calories. I am open to other suggestions. emoticon

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Welcome! I am so PSYCHED for the season to start. There are a couple of resorts open here in UT but only a couple of runs- and I'm afraid of what the bare spots would do to my skis!

I track the minutes on the slopes. I figure if it takes me 15 minutes to get down the mountain and I do 10 runs then it's 150 minutes of ski time. It's not exact but as you say it is hard to estimate with all the lifts and stuff.

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11/23/09 11:26 P

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HI there. I'm new here and new on SparkPeople. I'm so excited to start skiing!

I'll be missing my run on ski days and I notice that "Add Cardio" (in the fitness tracker) has an option for downhill skiing. But how many minutes and how the heck do you track that?

Obviously I don't want to count the chairlift rides, the lift line, etc. Has anyone come up with an working average or some kind of ratio for skiing minutes?

Counting from the time I slide onto the snow (and subtracting the lunch break), let's say I'm out for 6 hours. If I am an intermediate skier, what percentage of that time would you say I'm actually skiing?

Is that the way the cardio tracking works for SP's algorithm? When you enter minutes of skiing, I assume they believe you've calculated actual skiing minutes. Does anyone know?

Thanks so much! (I want those minutes! lol)

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