Good Question: How Accurate Are Calorie Counts On Treadmills

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Many have made their New Year's Resolution to get more exercise. For some, that means hitting the treadmill.

However, just how accurate are those calorie counts on treadmills. According to personal training director Michael Hyde at Genesis Health Club on West 13th Street in Wichita, those counters don't count well.

"From research, it shows that there can be a 25 to 30% difference over or under the calorie count."

In other words, if the machine says you've burned 100 calories, you may have only burned 70. How accurate they are depends on a variety of factors.

"Whether you exercised recently or not. What your body type is, and your body composition. There is a lot that goes into it that creates the difference in percentage." Says Hyde.

Hyde says the machines a Genesis take much of those differences into account, but they require you to enter information into the machine. If you don't, the calorie count may not be accurate.

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