In order to lose weight for my cardio, I run 3 miles per day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday were my "off days" but I decided to do some light (real light) cardio by doing some cycling on the stationary bike.
I was on it for about 30 minutes and was SHOCKED to see that I burned 200 calories. Keep in mind that the cycle level was really low and I didn't break a sweat. In fact, my breathing hardly changed. My heartbeat was about a 120.
The reason why I am skeptical is because when I do my 3 mile jogs, I usually burn 250 calories in 30 minutes of running but during the run I am breathing pretty heavily and my legs are fatigued at the end of the run.
Was it the machine's scales that were wrong? How did I lose 200 calories by cycling while breathing normal (as if I were sitting on a couch watching TV) yet I lose a little more than 200 calories by practically killing myself with sweat when running?
Is low-intensity really that effective or was it the machine that was wrong?
01-03-2008, 08:07 PM #1
I cycled for 30 minutes and burned 200 calories. How the heck did that happen?
01-03-2008, 08:10 PM #2
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Those numbers on the machine aren't entirely accurate. In terms of dropping fat, running is much more effective overall than cycling is. I only alternate cycling in with my program because I'm still too heavy to run for any real length of time. And with running, unless you weight like 100 pounds, if you're doing a decent pace, you should be burning more than 250 calories in a 30 minute session.Only Those Who Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far One Can Go
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01-04-2008, 03:09 AM #3
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01-04-2008, 06:49 AM #4
200kcal, even for quite low intensity could be very reasonable, it might be a bit more even.
usually for me low/med intensity burns about 10-13 kcal/minute.
01-04-2008, 09:51 AM #5
01-04-2008, 10:44 AM #6
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i run on ellipticals for 60 minutes on a medium pace at level 8/20(just came back from 6 months off and xmas food..gotta take it slow)
for me that burns, on the marchine, something just over 900 cals. and itll continue burning more than likely for a bit more totalling 1000 cals.
point is machines give you approximations, never the actual numbers because we all have different body types.
i prefer for example long distance running due to the way im built, im not a sprinter and i also lose less mucle by avoiding hiit...but at the same time i put in 3x the time required to run.
01-04-2008, 10:49 AM #7
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