How Accurate Is Map My Run Calories?

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

How Accurate Is Map My Run Calories?

Running is one of the best exercise to lose weight but it’s also important to understand how different durations, types, and intensity of training can impact your calorie burn. Whether you’re trying to maintain your current weight or drop body fat, keeping track of your calories burned can help you make informed food choices and plan ahead for any extra energy requirements you might face.

Whether you’re looking for an app to simply help you find new routes or you’re a stat nerd who wants to dig into your workout details, the free Map My Run by Under Armour is a great choice. Its user interface isn’t the most intuitive I’ve ever seen but it gets the job done, displaying all your recent activities and workouts in an activity feed alongside more detailed stats like distance, time, splits, average cadence, and weather.

The app uses a variety of methods to estimate calories burned including data from 3rd party fitness trackers, as well as GPS, heart rate, and accelerometer sensor information. While accuracy can vary depending on a number of factors, including your exact weight and speed, the basic formula for estimating calories burned does take into account your pace and incline.

While changes to your weight and activity elevation in 3rd party apps may affect your calories burned, changes in your profile height and weight within Map My Run will only have a minor impact on how accurate the calorie estimates are for each workout. If you’re seeing drastic differences in your calorie calculations on a daily basis, it might be worth checking your profile settings and deleting and reinstalling the app to ensure that your workouts are being recorded accurately.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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