It’s time for your Friday Fit & Healthy lifestyle tip!
Today’s Tip: How to calculate exercise calories burned
Are you aware of how many calories you are burning with each workout that you do?
I have had a few readers inquire about how I know exactly how many calories I burn during a workout. Every Sunday you’ll notice that when I post my daily exercise log for the week I will have added my calories burned for almost every workout that I do. I like to keep track of that although I’m not counting calories food wise at this time. It just helps me see how hard I’m working and whether I need to kick it up a notch.
For me personally, I use a Polar heart rate monitor to track my results. The heart rate monitor can of course do much more but I’ll share all of that in my upcoming review. The way the heart rate monitor calculates my exercise calories burned has to do with many variables through the settings of the heart rate monitor. Everything from my age and weight to my personal resting heart rate determines my calorie burn.
If you don’t currently have a heart rate monitor, you can estimate by using this calorie burn calculator. And this Mayo Clinic activity chart might help as well.
Do you keep track of your exercise calories burned? If so please share your methods.
Tishia Lee says
You know I’ve never really been ‘interested’ so to speak. I guess I’ve just always looked at as if I’m exercising at least I’m doing something phsyical. I know – retarded way to look at it considering it doesn’t do any good to exercise and not know how many calories are being burned if I’m just going to keep consuming even more calories.
So all that rambling to say – hmmm I guess when I start exercising again I should really start paying attention to the calories I do burn.
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Angie (Losing It and Loving It) says
No it’s not a bad way to look at it Tishia because some people can become really obsessed with it and then it’s useless.
I just personally find that it makes me more aware and makes me work harder.