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Old 01-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #166 (permalink)
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Default Estimating calories burned for activities not listed in database

For exercise machines:

Originally Posted by 01gt4.6 View Post
there are countless number of activities or machines that we can do, so there would be no way to have them all listed. A custom activity would be a nice option [and this will be available once FitDay 2.0 rolls out].

In the meantime, I suggest finding the closest thing to what you are doing and adjusting the time to match the actual calories burned. Most machines will tell you the calories burned.

As far as the classes, you'd have to have a HR monitor/calorie counter on you to get an accurate burn. If you don't have one, it may be hard to calculate since everyone burns calories at a different rate.

This is what our resident Coach says about it:

Originally Posted by handcycle2005 View Post
As a general rule of thumb, calories burned will be the same for heart rate and exercise time regardless of the actual exercise.

So 45 minutes of running/cycling/swimming/etc will burn the same calories on the elliptical at the same heart rate.

There will be a slight, insignificant difference as your efficiency will not be the same when performing activities you don't regularly practice.

However, the numbers the machines give are only a guesstimate.
Bottom line: Choose an activity from the database that most closely resembles what you are actually doing, and if you want even better accuracy, you'll need to use a heart rate monitor.

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