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6/22/09 11:00 A

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If you're doing it every 30 seconds, it should be pretty accurate, then. Now, if you had a few high reading and were only doing it every 5-10 minutes, it might be rather off, but I think measuring that much should help have a fairly accurate result.

I'd say to either modify the exercise (not so much at a time or a lower intensity), or you'll have to modify your SP goals--you have to make sure that you eat enough to fuel your body's needs (like heart beating and breathing) and your exercise. That would mean having to change your weekly calories burned goal in the "my fitness" settings. (As always--my warning: NEVER set the goal below what you're actually doing--that will be VERY bad for your health.)

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6/22/09 8:59 A

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It's the watch kind (Sportline 610 Women's), and with MFC, I'm touching it after each different move (about every 30 seconds). I'm just wondering if it's actually accurate. Though I've gotten the same results 2 days in a row (200 cals for 15 min. walk to the store and back, and 1200 cals for 1 hour on MFC).

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6/21/09 11:30 P

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if you're working THAT hard, you might want to lower the intensity. It's really not good to be working your heart that hard. I think SP recommends that you work around 80-85% of your max heartbeat range.

You can also look/think about the 1-10 scale of exertion...

recommended heart range for aerobics: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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a whole bunch of stuff/ways to measure including the 1-10 scale ("Rate of Perceived Exertion"): www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Also, what kind of HRM do you have? Is it a constantly reading one (has a band around your chest) or one where you have to touch it for a few seconds every now and then (like a watch)?

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6/21/09 4:07 P

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OK, WTF?!

I bought myself a heart rate monitor yesterday. I did my regular one-hour workout on MFC. The game said I burned 491 calories. My HRM said I burned 1213!!! I was up in the 90%-99% range of my heart rate. Could it be that different?! I'm about 90 pounds overweight now, and I'm working HARD the whole time, so is it actually possible that I'm burning that many calories?! It would explain why I'm losing weight so quickly too. I also tested it while walking to the video store 2 days in a row, and both trips showed me burning 200 calories in 15 minutes, walking at about 75% heart rate level.

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6/11/09 12:03 P

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I'm not sure that it would be that off for an hour...that's a lot of calories to burn.

perhaps it's more accurate for longer workouts than for short ones?

the only way to really know is to compare it to a HRM.

Just make sure that if you are a little extra hungry on days that you do the workout, to eat a little extra good food, but not too much since it's hard to say how many calories burned you actually did. But, by eating a little extra in response to your (true) hunger will probably help since that's your body's way of saying it needs more fuel.

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6/9/09 9:15 A

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Interesting. This isn't the first place where I've heard that the calories they report are low...

I do an hour every day, and it's generally in the 480-544 range. Does this mean I'm probably burning a lot more?

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5/26/09 9:25 A

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Oh perfect thanks. I get the same reading from Maya in 15 minutes about 80 calories, I too try to jog during the rest periods!

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5/26/09 9:20 A

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This morning I burned 131 calories in 15 minutes according to my hrm so I'd say yes. Of course during the rest periods I'm usually walking in place to keep my heart rate up. Maya said 84 calories.

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5/26/09 8:52 A

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Thanks, I just got the polar f6 so I am by that. Also do you think burning 200-300 in 30 minutes is in range? I was working within the zones they gave me the entire time.

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5/26/09 1:31 A

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I agree that MFC is a little low on the calorie burning side. I believe I burn more than it says.

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5/25/09 8:59 P

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Definitely go with the HRM if you have one--since it's setup for you specifically. Otherwise, probably stick to the calories they give you--if you burn more, that will just be bonus, but better to go under a bit than to think you burned 2000 calories (yes, that's an exaggeration) and go way over what you really did.

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Mine too. I too go by the numbers on my hrm.


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5/25/09 7:16 P

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lol!! Duh...brain fart there. Sorry. My HRM always says way more than MFC. I got by the monitor.

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5/25/09 6:57 P

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What is MFC?

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5/25/09 6:42 P

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I just got it last week and did it 4 times and actually was down 2 lbs. I did it today for the first time with a HRM. Interesting the calories they calculate are a lot lower then the HRM. MFC said I burned 164 in 30 min and my HRM said 226. I think that sounds about right. Do most of you burn around the same 200+ in 30 minutes?

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