- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I recently purchased a wrist heart rate monitor, as the majority of the machines we have in our tiny work gym are super outdated and can’t take heart rate measurements. I’m 28 years old, 185lbs and I use SparkPeople to track my fitness minutes, and in the past when I tracked, say, 60 minutes of Zumba it would tell me that I’d burned around 560 calories; for 30 minutes of running (12 miles per minute–I know it’s slow, but I’m working up to a 10 minute mile!) I would burn somewhere in the low 300s.
Welllllllllllll, I don’t have a hot clue what’s going on with my heart rate monitor, because it told me that for 60 minutes of Zumba I burned 800 calories! And for my run it told me I had burned 600! I know that wrist monitors are less accurate than chest strap monitors, but the documentation suggested taking your heart rate at regular intervals and especially when you’re increasing or decreasing in terms of the strenuousness of the activity, so for Zumba I took my heart rate at the end of each song and for running I took it in five-minute intervals. I tried reading up on it and people have suggested that it won’t be accurate if you have a high resting heart rate, but I don’t (65bmp). I also considered that the heart rate monitor maybe was overestimating my heart rate, but the numbers I was getting were actually in line with the numbers I’ve gotten on heart-rate reading workout machines before (I tend to hover between 170-180 when I run, for example).
Am I actually burning a ton more than I thought I was, or should I just return this damn monitor?! Hahah.