Wednesday, March 10, 2010
There is an app for the iPod Touch called 'Fitaide,' it uses the accelerometer to measure movement. Today I used this app to do a little test, I walked about 2 hours, took 4,690 steps for a total of 3.69 kilometers of light to moderate activity at work and only burnt 164 calories. If that data is correct then it is very disconcerting to know only 164 calories were burnt.
This afternoon I rode for one hour on the spin bike, did three 10 minute steady state intervals at lactate threshold and burnt 400 calories.
This is the first time I ever really took note of counting calories, it really takes a lot of work to burn calories. No wonder I find it hard to reduce body fat, since I consume way more calories than I burn. Just one brownie or protein bar has about 250 calories.
Who the heck wants to count calories? I never thought I would ever have a weight problem. I remember when I was a skinny teen, there was a product called 'WateOn' which was supposed to help you get big, well it never worked. I always remained skinny hovering around 135 to 155 lbs at 5'-9" until I shot up to 195 lbs in 2006. That was when I resumed cycling at the track. Since then I have lost 21 lbs of fat in four years. Current weight is about 174 lbs, with about a 16% body fat percentage. Ideally I would like to lose another 15 lbs of fat and put on some muscle to improve the power to weight ratio, but that is going to be extremely hard at the current age, level of activity, diet and training.
Here is a calorie burn chart for one hour depending on activity, level of intensity and body weight.