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My Treadmill is Inaccurate?

Postby Lionsroar » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:26 pm

Hey guys, I recently got a new (cheap) treadmill, so I usually go around 40 minutes on it. Running every 5 minutes, so thats around 20 mins of jogging/running. End of the 40 mins it says I do around 3 miles.
But it only says I'm burning around a 100 calories??

I have a stationary bike and that usually says I burn around 300 for 30 minutes.
Which ones right? Like, I get all tired out doing the 40 minutes, but if i'm only burning a 100 calories whats the point? Its disheartening.
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Re: My Treadmill is Inaccurate?

Postby Czarina » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:19 pm

They are probably both wrong! They wouldn't take into account your gender, height, weight, etc...you really need an Heart Rate Monitor where you can enter in all of your details, to get a more accurate idea of your calorie burn.
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Re: My Treadmill is Inaccurate?

Postby Lionsroar » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:52 pm

thanks for replying czarina

yeah I need to get a heartrate monitor, the one on the treadmill seems kinda shoddy.. usually only goes up to 100 when i'm max tired. has a chart on it saying that if your around 20 you should have it at least 120 min. Meh. Stupid machine.

But yeah the heartmonitors are damn expensive though, most of em around a $100.
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Re: My Treadmill is Inaccurate?

Postby Czarina » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:50 pm

And that's the lower end of the scale for an half decent one!

I got a Sportline one from Target for $90, it seems to do the job well. You input your height, weight, gender, etc and it comes with a chest strap. The ones with a touch sensor only are completely useless.

They are expensive, they are worth it if you want an accurate calorie count, so you know exactly how many calories you get to eat back! :wink:
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Re: My Treadmill is Inaccurate?

Postby JacquiB » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:33 am

Hi - happy long weekend!
The treadmill at my gym is inaccurate and so is the step machine - I have been told the only proper way to measure it is the heart rate monitor
I have one - and I agree they are expensive! I am glad I have one thou
Sometimes rebel sports has specials on them
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