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GRAVELRIDGEBOY
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8/17/12 3:51 P

Since the calorie counter is just a guestimate anyways you can just average it out to being the same, most of the time when you go up a hill you have to go back down also which is less energy. But I like going up and down hills as it does make you work harder I think and maybe different muscles.



NHOYLE1
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8/13/12 3:50 P

Sorry, I don't really expect SP to have a good way to handle this, I am more trying to get an idea of the range of variation from such running, so that I can plan my diet around it to avoid going too low calorie wise.



BREWMASTERBILL
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8/13/12 12:37 P

What would one ask support?

The only way to get it even close to right is with a heart rate monitor. Let us assume that they had hill sprints, they would have to also know the angle of the hill and what if the angle changes over the distance (which it would) and speed varied (which it will) ... there is nothing SP can do to make this more accurate.

Am I missing something?



PATTERD707
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8/13/12 12:27 P

I've noticed this too. It seems that SP wants us to mix in anerobic (should be hard to breathe, think sprints or heavy lifting, requires burst of energy), but I don't see that in the tracker.

Have you asked support?



NHOYLE1
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8/13/12 11:54 A

It definitely fluctuates as I go up and down hills. I feel like I am working a lot harder, but that is about the most definiite statement I could make about it.




BREWMASTERBILL
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8/13/12 11:13 A

What makes a difference is your heart rate. So is your heart rate different when running on a road vs. a treadmill vs. a hill? Absolutely. The only way to get anywhere near close to accurate here is to wear a heart rate monitor.



NHOYLE1
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8/13/12 9:54 A

I've noticed that the fitness tracker on SP doesn't seem to address whether you are running on a treadmill, on a track, on flatland, or on hilly ground. Does it make a difference when it comes to calories burnt? If so, approximately how much.



 
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