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1/24/11 1:39 P

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I actually want to know the same thing! I went biking today on the same route that I usually walk. It's about 4 miles. It takes me about 50-55 minutes to walk it and the calculator says I burn about 400 calories. I know my heart rate gets to about 120-140 on the walk, depending on my "BPM" on my iPod songs that I keep paced with. On my bike ride today, I did the same route that my walk usually is, and I KNOW my heart rate was about 140-150. It took me about 25 minutes to do the route but the calculator says I only burned about 150 calories. It's strange because if I put 60 minutes for the same route on the bike it says over 300 calories burned. That doesn't make sense because I'd hardly be moving if I took that long. So I need clarification, and maybe some suggestions on a monitor to get and wear on my trips to make tracking my calories burned more accurate. (Right now I check my heart rate manually. So that is the only thing I am using to rate my level of cadiovascular activity. And the "map your route" on SP is the only thing I'm using to figure out my calories burned.)

Thanks in advance to ANYone who can help.
Robin :-)

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1/9/11 1:31 P

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From what I've seen SP's calorie algorithms match a number of other health websites - however, I've always thought they were too high.

If I'm in my target heart rate zone - does the *type* of exercise impact how many calories are burned? (biking vs aerobics vs kick boxing) Or is it purely the heart rate/oxygen consumption that impacts calories?

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