About a month ago I wrote about how my personal data was on-boarded in the local fitness club in the post called Right the First Time.
As a complete data geek I of course use the full TV screen on the machine not to watch TV but to display the full dashboard with key performance indicators related to my workout. These include:
- Time done / remaining
- Pulse with red alert when I’m over the healthy threshold for my age
- Distance I would have gone if I wasn’t in the same fixed position
- Calories burned
As with many data presentations we here have a mix of hard facts, like the time done, and then some assumed figures like calories burned. The machine doesn’t really measure the actual accurate burning but calculates the assumed burning as a function of power level, speed, my weight and age.
It’s actually a question if I really want to know about the calories burned. My conclusion is yes. The time done is wasted anyway, the high pulse doesn’t last and the distance is virtual. So the calories burned fit the purpose of use. It keeps me going.