Monitor Cardio Progress
What to Know About Cardio Read-Outs
As you go about getting your cardio sessions in, there's a very good chance that you'll want to be constantly monitoring how that cardio session is progressing and how it's going to impact you and the fat loss results you'll see.
To accomplish this, most people will turn to the cardio read-outs that are provided by the machine on the console. Depending on the particular variety of cardio machine you're using, you'll commonly get information back on your total distance traveled, your calories burned, and in some cases you'll also get your total METs as well as your heart rate.
As you go about using these numbers for informational purposes, there are some important things that you must consider to do so correctly.
Let's have a quick look at some of the most important things to know.
The Variables the Machine Asks for
The very first thing that you need to realize is that these read-outs do have a high tendency to be inaccurate, at least for certain individuals. While the machine can estimate how many calories you've burned based on the level that you're exercising at and how long you've done the workout for, there are a number of factors it can't take into account that will strongly influence the total calories that were expended.
The more information the machine asks you for off the start, such as your height, age, as well as body weight, the more accurate it is likely to be.
But even then, it's still not going to be 100% on the mark, so don't think that this number is written in stone.
Far too many people do their cardio session, see that they've burned 500 calories during that session and then go off and eat a 300 calorie snack, thinking this still puts them ahead of the game in their quest for weight loss.
Only, if they actually only burned 400 calories during that session, they've just about completely undone their hard work.
So clearly that's not optimal.
Your Own Personal Variables
Second, keep in mind that you will vary on a day-to-day basis yourself on how much you're burning. There are a number of factors that can influence how much any body burns during exercise, such as your current nutritional status, how much sleep you've had, what other physical activity you've done in the last recent while, and so on.
So one session you may burn slightly more than you did during the last session and the machine is not going to be able to account for this either.
Listening to Your Body
Finally, the last point to know is that for the absolute best results possible, you really should focus on just reading your body. Learn to listen to the primary signals that it's sending you and make use of those as they guide your way to decide whether you should work harder or lower the intensity.
If you go by how you feel and always focus on making the cardio as challenging for yourself as it should be, you will be on your way to optimal results.
So there you have some key tips to know about the cardio machine read-outs. While they can be helpful to use and guide you as you make decisions regarding your weight loss program, don't take them as if the numbers are 100% accurate and set in stone or they could lead you astray.
And also always remember that for optimal fat loss results, more of your effort should be diet-related anyway, not based around how many calories you're burning during cardio training.