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Elliptical accuracy: distance?


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I decided I want to start tracking my distance... but I use an elliptical/crossramp kind of machine thing.  Anyway, I know that the calories burned is off, but I'm wondering if I can trust the distance it says I've gone?  I'm thinking the distance should be accurate, since it doesn't really depend on things like weight/height/etc...  But what about the fact that I go faster/slower/faster?  It SHOULD take that into account, right?

BTW: I'm tracking distance because I want to see how long it takes for me to go the distance of the circumference of the Earth.  I know it'll take forever, but I just thought it would be cool to track.  Thanks!

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I think it would be accurate enough.
I would think it would be more accurate than a treadmill actually because every step you take is the same distance from the one previous siince your feet are on pedals.  On a treadmill people that take shorter steps are actually going a shorted distance than those with a huge step.  The elliptical standardizes the length of the tep.  For distance the only thing that makes a difference is the size of the step (ie distance moved forward)

EDIT: since you've been tracking your distance maybe you can help me out with my post right below you : )
Original Post by minie13:

I would think it would be more accurate than a treadmill actually because every step you take is the same distance from the one previous siince your feet are on pedals.  On a treadmill people that take shorter steps are actually going a shorted distance than those with a huge step.  The elliptical standardizes the length of the tep.  For distance the only thing that makes a difference is the size of the step (ie distance moved forward)

EDIT: since you've been tracking your distance maybe you can help me out with my post right below you : )

 

sweet, i hadn't even thought of that!

 

Thanks guys, I thought it should probalby be pretty accurate, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing some obvious factor that would make it incorrect!

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