How Many Calories Are Burned During Exercise?
One measurement to determine the cardio fitness you are achieving from the machine is the number of calories burned. Calorie burning gives you an indication of how many extra calories you are expending to complete the exercise. If you continue to burn more calories everyday that you consume, the result will be a net weight loss. Remember that 3,500 calories equals one pound of fat!
It can be confusing given the vastly different exercise machines out there. This calorie comparison chart gives you an opportunity to quickly see how the various pieces of cardiovascular equipment stack up against one another.
The estimates highlighted in grey come from a study completed by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. These figures are estimates only as there are a number of individual factors contributing to the number of calories burned.
With regards to the elliptical trainer specifically, most manufactures claim that you can burn up to 720 calories an hour with an elliptical workout. Here's some weight and sex specific estimates:
150 pound woman, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 387 calories
180 pound man, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 464 - 500 calories
120 pound woman, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 310 calories
There are many individual factors such as your metabolic rate, and equipment related factors that affect the number of calories burned on each piece of equipment:
Body Composition muscle to fat ratio
Whether you are new to exercise or a regular exerciser
If you are male or female
Upper body usage.
For example, on a treadmill, if you have increased the incline significantly, you will be burning more calories than if you were working on a straight plane. On the rowing machine, if you have set the tension quite high, you will be burning more calories than if the tension was fairly light. You get the picture.
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