exercise physiology - caloric use with or without poles or leaning on machine
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: gingythemountaineer-ga
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17 Jul 2006 13:51 PDT
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I have a debate with my exercise and hiking friends. Essentially the debate is whether leaning on exercise machines or hiking with poles reduces the total caloric burn? Another way of asking this is will I use the same number of calories if I lean on exercise machines during the workout compared to not leaning or if I use poles during a hike compared to not using poles? Let us assume the time is the same and let us ignore the weight of the poles that are being carried.
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Re: exercise physiology - caloric use with or without poles or leaning on machin
From: bcattwood-ga on 18 Jul 2006 08:01 PDT
In the case of the exercise machine (assuming we are talking about a stair stepper type machine) I would say that if it seems less tiring to lean then it is probably burning less calories. When hiking, the total caolries burned should be about the same. The difference is that on the mountain the same work is being done with the poles, i.e. moving your body up it, but divided between yor arms and legs. On the exercise machine, only your legs are actaully doing any work and anything done to makes it easier on them is reducing the overall work done.
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