Tuesday, January 23, 2007

337 Calorie State of the Union Address

I did a little experiment tonight. I rode an exercise bike while watching the State of the Union Address to see how many Calories I could burn during the speech. I don't get political very often (I don't dislike politics, but I do tend to dislike politicians. They annoy me), but I do try to watch every State of the Union Address.

Anyways, I jumped on my recently purchased Schwinn 213 recumbent bike and started peddling. I set the bike program to "Pikes Peak." This wasn't such a good idea. The program starts out at "ahhh, what a nice ride" and over the course of an hour, ramps up the resistance to "kill me now!" Thankfully, Bush is no Clinton. A 90 minute address would have killed me. Bush's 50 minute address was just about right.

When all was said and done, the computer told me I had spent 337 Calories of energy (that's about 1400 kJ). From now on, this is how I will measure all State of the Union Addresses.

4 comments:

Russ said...

Maybe more appropriate to convert energy units to liters of methane?

By my reckoning the SOTUA burned the equivalent of 37 L of CH4!

Matt Jenks said...

Well...someone has to say it. That's a lot of hot gas!

Chemgeek said...

From Bush or the methane?

Anonymous said...

I use my BioTrainer (www.BioTrainerUSA.com) to count caloric burn... but would never do it during a Presidentlal address. Bush would put me to sleep and I'd fall off the bike!