While I was getting ready for work (aka puttering around not getting ready for work), there was an interesting piece of serious hard-hitting journalism on Good Morning America.
They did an investigative piece on the accuracy of the treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and elliptical thing-a-majigs at health clubs to see if their calorie counters were telling you the truth.
The outcome? Those machines are total lying bastards. They over-estimate your calories burned by an AVERAGE of 19%. So if you are trying to measure and balance your calories in and calories out, ie how long do I have to climb those hell stairs to nowhere in order to burn off that supersized barrel of deep-fried Oreo cookies in chocolate sauce, you will be wrong. They estimate this costs your average machine-user ten pounds a year.
This is a war crime, people. What are we gonna do about it? I say let's never use them again. That'll teach 'em! Sure, we will get fatter and crankier, and they will remain new and pristine, still there is a message there somewhere!
Or we could just work out more....