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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS Posts: 45,030
6/29/19 6:36 P

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Thank you. At 67, I just learned how to tie my shoes emoticon - to prevent black toenail, lol.
I'm really enjoying the treadmill and pushing myself that extra bit. emoticon
It just feels good to work up a sweat!

I prefer to walk outside, but I have a Boston Terrier and @98 degrees, he just can't keep up and hates to be left behind. So I treadmill daily at the gym.

I'm going to try to maintain a small calorie deficit just in case - but I will also make sure I do 5% + and 3 + mph just to be safe. It's not difficult, I use a "rails to trails" and that averages a 5% incline and I can walk that with ease with an 18 minute mile. Oh! And I can still talk until I hit 9% incline! WooHoo!!

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6/29/19 10:59 A

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Since they are so close, then it sounds like the treadmill option is the best option to use, especially since you are using the incline. Great job on that by the way! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS Posts: 45,030
6/29/19 10:05 A

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Thank you Coach Denise - the numbers can be approximately calculated but when I am missing half the number of calories burned, you can see where that could become a problem. I tend to walk 60 minutes treadmill most days.

I mostly wanted to know if I could trust the Fitness Tracker Treadmill numbers since they are at least closer to what the machine says than just walking.

I have trusted the Spark Trackers since 2007 and feel comfortable using them. But I really do 'give my all' on the treadmill so I was shortchanging myself by only reporting walking. Some days I push the incline up to 10+ and other days I push the speed to 3.8+ managing to hit 4mph one day, which for a short person is really pushing - I'm only 5'1.5" short.

Thank you for replying to my question. It means a lot and is helping me too.

Edited by: RAYLINSTEPHENS at: 6/29/2019 (10:09)
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6/28/19 11:24 P

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Using a heart rate monitor will give you a more accurate calorie burned amount. The machines and our site are using general calculations to get those numbers, but the heart rate monitor is able to know more about how hard you are actually working since it can keep a read on your heart rate the entire time. So you may want to consider investing in one if you feel that the numbers are not as accurate or more difficult to help you maintain basing your calories burned on the general calculations that SP and the machines can offer.

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6/28/19 4:01 P

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Thank you Lotus737 emoticon
SP calculates differently than most sites - something about taking into consideration "living & breathing" - I don't remember exactly how it was phrased. So using a Heartrate Monitor would still leave me confused.

I actually like the idea of using the machine (since the bike is so close) and just entering my weight a little lower - thank you for that advice.

Also, I am walking faster and a higher incline than I can report on SP so that too should be leveling the playing field of numbers. Today I walked at 7% 3.5mph but the SP tracker says 5% 3 mph - so I am going to start using those numbers. I will see how it varies dropping it 10 lbs at the gym.

I kept losing more weight and then going on a binge because it was too low for my body to accept.
I am so thankful that you took the time to help me with this. emoticon

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6/28/19 2:21 P

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honestly, the numbers are not going to be terribly accurate unless you choose to invest in a heart rate monitor (and even that's not going to be 100% accurate!). when i was really focused on tracking numbers, i found i got more accurate estimates on machines (compared with my HRM) if i would enter in my weight ten pounds lower than it actually was. that helped compensate for the overestimation most machines provide.

i would say that the treadmill and spark numbers are probably more accurate than just walking, since it does require additional effort with the high resistance level you're using.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS Posts: 45,030
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I use Random Level 12 on the Treadmill and walk at 3.5 mph for 60 minutes.

The treadmill tells me that I burned 347 calories.

Spark tells me that @5% Incline & 3mph for 65 minutes = 358 calories burned.

When I just enter walking 3.67 miles for 65 minutes = 182 calories burned.

The reason I am asking is, I have reached maintenance and since using the treadmill, I am having more trouble staying at my desired weight. I either drop down 2 lbs which creates a binge when I hit 108, or I get really hungry and I'm wondering if it's because I am not reporting enough calories burned?

How accurate are the numbers for using a treadmill in the SP Fitness Tracker?
BTW, the stationary bike and the SP Fitness Tracker are almost the same as far as calories burned - so I'm wondering if I should be using the numbers on the treadmill.

Anyone have any experience with this please? It's hard enough to maintain without added complications.

Thank you in advance,
linda

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