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How accurate are fitness apps?

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I've started using a fitness app on my iPhone called, endomodo.

 

Just curious on how accurate these apps are at telling you how many calories you've burnt.

 

I don't expect pinpoint accuracy but after walking 2.5km in about 30 mins at an avg pace of 4.8kph it says I've burnt 176kcal.

 

Is that pretty close to real?

Now that's 1760cal? Cause it can't be 176000cal.

 

Also anyone use any really good fitness apps they recommend? And is it worth getting something like Nike+ or a heart rate monitor.

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176 calories sounds about right - 30 minutes of medium/high intensity on an exercise bike and I get about 300-320calories. In regard to "kcal" http://www.elitefitness.com/forum/diet-bodybuilding/what-kcal-24622.html

 

Try some push ups and sit ups when you get home and then stretch for about 10 minutes.

 

There's this http://www.c25k.com/ .

 

And don't worry too much about the details of it, just log the intensity, low/medium/high and duration - the rest will take care of itself (unless you're training specifically for something).

 

There's also http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ which is pretty useful.

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it means 176 calories burnt, 1760 calories would take like 6 hours to burn just walking..... What types of information does this app use to calculate how many calories you burn? I have a heart rate monitor which uses age, weight and heart rate to calculate the amount of calories i burn in a work out and seems to be relatively accurate. I have used a treadmill which only goeson weight and the numbers are way out.

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Probably an average human speed over distance walked which generally wont take into account inclines but gives you a rough idea.

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