combine data from heart rate monitor and power meter

Dec 28, 2022
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Hi everyone, I'm about to invest in a power meter and a heart rate monitor, my overall objective is to track my calories more accurately (at the moment I only have a smartwatch).
I keep reading as if these two devices are in sort of conflict, which is one is better, and so on.
My question is quite simple, is there any app that can combine the data of both and give you a "unified" view? I guess that if you combine your heart rate, your speed, the slope, BMR, rpm, power output and whatever then you can have a more accurate estimate of the calories you have burned rather than relying on just one of these factors.
Any opinion/advice?
Thanks
 
My thoughts ...
  1. Tracking overall calories for a session is useful in 2 ways - how many overall, and how many per hour.
  2. Calories are just a way of measuring how much work has been done.
  3. If you're using exercise for weight control, then calories get confusing because you NEED to take in extra calories to be able to do much in the way of exercise.
  4. If you want to measure your 'fitness', then correlating watts & heart rate would be better than calories & heart rate.
  5. What would be good on a 'power meter' device is a session measure of total watt/hours, and the length of the session.
I use an elliptical trainer and do use calories as a measure of how much 'work' I do in a session. I also check my HR to see how it changes and peaks during a session.
 
Dec 28, 2022
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I decied to let go of the power meter, it's outside my objectives that are purely to have the most accurate calories tracking.
I'm focusing on the Garmin Edge series for the set of accessories, so the question becomes: do I just need the heart rate monitor or adding the speed and cadence sensor would greatly improve the quality of measurement?
I'm asking because clearly the alternative is a standalone heart monitor that does not require an expensive bike computer.
 
Jan 24, 2023
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Hi everyone, I'm about to invest in a power meter and a heart rate monitor, my overall objective is to track my calories more accurately (at the moment I only have a smartwatch).
I keep reading as if these two devices are in sort of conflict, which is one is better, and so on.
My question is quite simple, is there any app that can combine the data of both and give you a "unified" view? I guess that if you combine your heart rate, your speed, the slope, BMR, rpm, power output and whatever then you can have a more accurate estimate of the calories you have burned rather than relying on just one of these factors.
Any opinion/advice?
Thanks


I decied to let go of the power meter, it's outside my objectives that are purely to have the most accurate calories tracking.
I'm focusing on the Garmin Edge series for the set of accessories, so the question becomes: do I just need the heart rate monitor or adding the speed and cadence sensor would greatly improve the quality of measurement?
I'm asking because clearly the alternative is a standalone heart monitor at nearby running store that does not require an expensive bike computer.
I'd say just go with heart monitor, I don't see how's measuring speed would do anything for tracking calories. It's an okay feature but I wouldn't specifically look for it. Same goes for cadence sensor, doubt it's going to add anything to calculations being much more precise, at best with speed/candence data vs without you're looking maybe at like ~1-2% difference in accuracy of data, at least that's what I was told.
 
I decied to let go of the power meter, it's outside my objectives that are purely to have the most accurate calories tracking.
I'm focusing on the Garmin Edge series for the set of accessories, so the question becomes: do I just need the heart rate monitor or adding the speed and cadence sensor would greatly improve the quality of measurement?
I'm asking because clearly the alternative is a standalone heart monitor that does not require an expensive bike computer.
Technically, a power meter is going to be the most accurate way to track calories burned on the bike.
 

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