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February 7, 2009 8:24 AM
I have been using a home Nordictrack to work out. It tracks my calories burned, but I wonder if I can trust the accuracy of the unit? The machine itself is quite old, and the numbers seem sort of high to me. Usually my 40-45 minute workout (during which I am sweating profusely and breathing heavily --not chatting on my cell phone) is said to burn 700-800 calories. Does this sound accurate? Is there anyone with the same machine to compare with me?

If it is too high, that could be sabotaging everything!
February 7, 2009 8:28 AM
i have the same machine. but usually in about an hour i burn between 300-400. but i also run and walk cause there is no way i could ever run for a hour straight :( id die. but i bet my calories would be amazing if i did.

do you run the whole time? cause if so your calorie burning sounds accurate.
February 7, 2009 8:30 AM
You could technically burn that many calories, because calories burned(especially running) depends on how much you weigh and how fast you are going. If you are unsure, I suggest getting a heart rate monitor that has a calorie burned counter.
February 7, 2009 8:38 AM
I'm not sure I'd say "run," I think it would be more like speed walking! It's hard for me to say, but my "cadence" is usually 6-8.
February 7, 2009 8:39 AM
A good rule of thumb is about 100 calories per mile at 12 minutes per mile. As you increase the incline the calorie burn wil lncrease. I also use a Nordictrack.
February 7, 2009 8:39 AM
Didn't know they made these! I'm definitely going to look into this.
February 7, 2009 8:48 AM
It may be off weigh 252 pounds and i run for thirty minutes at 6 mph and i only burn 572 calories. The less you weigh the less calories you burn. If you are not sure you should google a calrorie burner calculator. They allow you to enter your wieght and amount of tme you exercise and calculate the amount of calories burned during numerous exercise. Chances are that yours will be on there.
February 7, 2009 9:11 AM
You should definately invest in a heart rate monitor that tracks calories! I just got mine- what an eye-opener! My treadmill way over-estimates my clas burned. Other people say their machines under-estimate!mad grumble noway

I love my HRM!love
February 7, 2009 9:52 AM
Aprilvet, what kind of monitor do you have? How expensive was it?


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