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One Hour Cardio

How many calories should a person expect to burn in a one hour cardio session?

Is 300 very low?

Wed. Apr 16, 8:33pm

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It depends on a lot of different things. Weight, age, instensity, etc. Also if 300 is what say a machine at the gym said, it could be way way off. I burn about 500-700 an hour depending on what I'm doing. If I ran for an hour it would probably be about 900.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 8:47 PM

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what are you doing - walking, running, biking, aerobics, your post is too vague for us to tell you an answer.
I use this website to calculate cals burned - it takes into account your weight (but that is it so still just an estimate).


Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 10:04 PM

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sweaty and tired ?

the better shape you are in the more you can burn - sounds like you are taking a nice slow stroll...

but you are asking the wrong question...

the question is are you sweating pretty good and pretty tired when you are done ? then you are doing well

If you don't need a shower and a change of clothes after 1 hour of cardio - you are just wasting your time.

I think 300 is pretty low though. Kick it up a notch at a time..

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 11:01 PM

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OP here, thanks for your responses guys. I'm sorry I was so vague.

I'm a 20 year old female who just began working out. I've never really been active before. I weigh 200 pounds, but I'm 5'10 so although I'm overweight I don't exactly look it.

I burn aprox. 300 calories in a combination of the eliptical and light jogging on the treadmill. I am only going 4.0 MPH on the treadmill but I only do that for twenty minutes of my workout to get myself going. On the elliptical I try and really push myself but the machine often tells me that my heart rate is too high and I've been told by gym staff that if I get that warning I have to take it down a notch. I find that extremely frustrating, I feel I should be burning a lot more than I am for my time.

8:47 - I am basing my calorie loss on what the machine says, but it has me put in my weight, age, and height before I begin so I figured it was pretty accurate.

10:04 - Thanks for the link! I gave it a try and it says for the activities I did I should have burned bout 650. That would be nice, but now I'm not even certain how to judge!

11:01 - I am definately very sweaty and tired when I'm through. Actually I'm sweaty after the first five minutes. I figured this was just because I'm out of shape. I'm glad to hear its a good sign!

Let me know if you have any more recommendations. Thanks again!

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 8:33 AM

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11:01 - Actually, as you get in better shape, your body becomes more efficient and you burn LESS calories. However, you may have more endurance and be able to workout longer.

Also, sweating is not necessarily a sign of working harder. Sweating is your body's cooling mechanism. Very fit athletes actually sweat more because their bodies are very efficient at cooling off.

The best way to calculate calories is with a personal heart-rate monitor (not the ones on the machines). This will also help you monitor how hard your hard is working and when you do need to slow down a bit, or when you can push harder.

A basic one costs about $60. Mine was about $80 and it is the best fitness tool I ever bought.

Until then, you can use a 1-10 scale of how you feel. 1 is like sitting around, 10 is like sprinting until you feel like throwing up. Warm up at a 4-5, push yourself to 6-7-8. Alternate between 5 and 8, or 6 and 9, for a great interval workout.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 8:53 AM

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600 is probably about accurate for you for an hour of jogging, BTW.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 8:54 AM

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Is jumping on a trampoline really a good cardio workout?

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 3:54 PM

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I coached gymnastics for over ten years and I am going to say no - you are really not doing much of anything, the tramp is doing most of the bouncing, you are much better off jumping rope - faster action and no help

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 5:00 PM

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Cardiovascular exercise simply means that you're involved in an activity that raises your heart rate to a level where you're working, but can still talk (aka, in your Target Heart Rate Zone).

There is no 'best' cardio exercise. Anything that gets your heart rate up fits the bill. It's not what you do, but how hard you work. Any exercise can be challenging if you make it that way.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 5:01 PM

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I'm 5'6" and weigh about 140. For me - if I work VERY hard for 1 hour - lets say - in an advanced step or cardio kick boxing class, or cross country skiing, then I burn 600 calories per hour - this is per my heart monitor. I'm not really able to go above that. Anything less than a maximum workout and I'm down to more like 450 calories per hour. An example, if I take the two risers out and just use the step alone, I drop from 600 to 450-475 calories in an hour. It sounds to me like 300 calories is low, but perhaps as you build up your 'in shapeness' you can increase things like the inclines and the levels on your machines and burn more calories that way. I try to up these every 2-3 weeks.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 3:13 PM

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