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CNMILAM76 Posts: 4
7/20/12 8:06 P

Thank you guys!!

IZZYSGRANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/20/12 7:39 P

the eliptical always tells me less.. so i just dont know.. how can i spend a hour on it and only burn 300 something cal.. im not a turtle on it and i do different resistance and ramp.. so who knows cause i sure dont

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/20/12 5:54 P

Always go with the more conservative measure.

Notice that sparkpeople doesn't have you input how hard you worked on the elliptical. Thirty minutes at 50 steps a minute on level 1 will give you an identical burn as thirty minutes at 90 steps per minute on level 15. You know that ain't right!

An HRM is the only way to get a reasonable approximation of accuracy if that it is important to you.

MEMEME75 Posts: 658
7/20/12 9:14 A

I would go with the more conservative measure.

FABULOUS4US Posts: 159
7/20/12 6:58 A

I usually just go with what SP says. In my case, my elliptical reads higher than SP. Usually my elliptical reads 425 for a half hour (I can input my weight, change the height/resistance..I usually pick a low speed and go 145-160 steps per SP says it is only 300 calories. I know that a heart monitor would solve the dispute, but I don't feel like spending the money. I'm only 10-15 lbs from goal weight, and workout for stress relief more than anything. I am in decent shape, so if I am dripping in sweat by the end, it was enough of a workout.

On the other hand, I have a cheap stairclimber and if I do 1 hour at the highest resistance (still super easy), SP says 600+ calories. But I barely break a sweat. So I know it isn't right.

I go by the sweat factor!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,461
7/19/12 8:43 P

While the elliptical does know the specifics of your workout, they are also notorious for significantly overestimating calories burned. I'd go with the more conservative of the two estimates.


CNMILAM76 Posts: 4
7/19/12 8:34 P

My elliptical does not give the same minute/calories burned ratio as SparkPeople. Which one should I use? For example, tonight I did 36 minutes (the length of my Burlesque soundtrack! lol) and my machine only said 284 calories versus the 324 that SparkPeople says. Should I use my machines reading since it knows I wasn't going a consistent speed (up & down with the music tempo)?? I'd hate to use the SparkPeople totals and cheat myself.

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