How Many Calories Do You Really Think You’re Burning?

I borrowed my mom’s body bugg.  It’s rated one of the most accurate activity trackers.  I wanted to check out how poor my sleep was, to see how many calories I was burning in one of my classes that was kicking my butt, and mostly, I wanted to see how inaccurate the calorie counters are on the cardio machines.

How did I do on sleep?  Not so good.  I probably woke up about 15 times the first night I wore the band.  I knew I wasn’t sleeping well and knew I was frequently waking up, but 15 times?!  No wonder I feel tired.80s Step Aerobics

How did I do in my step class?  That’s right…they are still doing step classes and I think you should too because I burned 680 calories in that class.  I knew my heart rate was high through most of that class as sweat beads dripped onto the floor.  And in case you’re wondering, overpriced Lululemon clothing has replaced the spandex and thong leotards that were sported in the 80’s step classes but they still use the same purple and turquoise steps.

How many calories did I burn on the elliptical for 30 minutes? (Keep in mind I was sweating, so I wasn’t just slowly moving my feet around).  You ready for this one?  After I punched in my weight, the machine stated that I burned 285 calories.  The body bugg showed I burned 131 calories.  At rest I burn about 50-60 calories/hour.  So going on the elliptical for 30 minutes only increased by calorie burn by 100 calories.  That will barely burn off a banana.  Yeah.  Crazy, right?!

You can’t rely on the calorie trackers on these cardio machines.  And if you do, that might be one of the reasons you’re not losing weight.  Unless you are doing circuits or running, get your booty off those ellipticals and treadmills.

In the end, I highly suggest investing in a fitness tracker.  It may open your eyes to show you how your body functions and how many calories you burn at rest and with activity.  You’ll soon realize that working out for 30 minutes (especially if you are fairly stagnant on the treadmill or elliptical) may not be enough if you sit 8-10 hours a day for work.

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