Determining "effort" level
I've been using the stationary bike at the gym. It's an older model that doesn't have a lot of fancy display stuff. On FitDay, you can choose your effort level, like "light" or "vigorous". Each one has a wattage next to it, but I have no way of knowing that information.
Well, that's very subjective. I'm in pretty crappy shape, so I can only manage level one or two. I'm putting in a lot of effort, though.
So, do I burn more calories if I'm putting in a lot of effort? Or is it, as I suspect, a matter of how many times I make the pedals go around, regardless of how difficult it feels?
I went ahead and put "light effort", but I admit that is kind of irksome, because it was a lot of hard work!
Starting weight: 157 lbs.-- June 23, 2010
Current weight: 149 lbs.
Mini-goal: 136 lbs.-- November 1, 2010
Target weight: 120 lbs.-- February 21, 2011