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EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
3/28/12 6:54 P

Jennylt1, I was seriously considering buying a heart rate monitor, especially as the warm weather gets here and I will be doing more outside and not at the gym. I also hate not knowing the numbers, even though so many people say they don't matter in the long run!


EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
3/28/12 6:52 P

Coach Nancy, thanks for that info. I guess I will just keep working out at my current level and hopefully things will kick start soon. I had hoped that by taking up jogging and interval training, my system would start losing again, but apparently I am still doing something wrong. Guess I have to wait it out emoticon

EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
3/28/12 6:48 P

Motivated, I did work out an extra 2 minutes today. It doesn't sound like much, but I had to push myself to do, lol. Thanks.


JENNYLT1 SparkPoints: (25,243)
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3/27/12 10:36 P

I really hate not knowing stuff like this, so I finally broke down and bought a heart rate monitor. It helped me bust through my plateau and start losing again. I have the polar ft4.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
3/27/12 10:31 P

My strategy is to not think about it unless my weight loss stalls...or starts going too fast. As long as I am at a comfortable pace, I figure I must be doing it right.

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3/27/12 8:08 P


While doing a higher intensity workout will burn more calories after the workout is complete, I would recommend that you consider that a bonus. The reason, a new study released last month stated that EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) may take time to other words, the fitter the individual is, the more chance he/she will burn a greater percentage of calories after his/her workout.

Remember too, that SparkPeople does not track ST activities in the cardio tracker, once again allowing for a little more cushion.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
3/27/12 8:04 P

On choosing between the machine and Spark's calorie estimates, it's probably wise to choose the more conservative of the two estimates. To bring your Exercise Goal and reality into line, perhaps try working out for just 2-3 minutes longer per workout?


EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
3/27/12 7:57 P

I set my calories burned per week at 1600 per week. I go to the gym 6 days a week, and alternate interval training and jogging. I also do weight training 3 days a week. According to the machines (yes, I know they aren't extremely accurate, lol), I burn about 200 calories doing the interval training on the elliptical and jogging on the treadmill, which is actually 200 calories a week LESS than what I claim I burn.

What I'm wondering is if I am doing the interval training, and I am supposedly burning calories long after my workout, should I keep my calorie count where it is, or lower it to reflect the mere 1400 calories I am apparently burning?


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