Thousands of students, regardless of circumstance, are moving back to school all throughout the month, which means a lot of TVs being carried up stairs. But, can it substitute a daily workout?
BodyMedia is the company to turn to with such a question. BodyMedia, a Pittsburgh based company with a passion for fitness, has been tracking this with their signature “Activity Manager.”
BodyMedia technology includes armbands which are worn to track body health and activity throughout the day.
The data provided by BodyMedia showed that an average move into a college dorm requires 3.5 hours, with a half hour of pure stair climbing.
The average woman, weighing in at 135 pounds and measuring at 5 feet 6 inches, would burn 645 calories with that average. That is the equivalent to more than two hours on an elliptical.
For males, it is similar. The average male, weighing in at 180 pounds and measuring at 5 feet 6 inches burns 861 calories during the average moving process. That is the equivalent to running for 90 minutes straight.
Moving does not come without its risks, however. There are injuries and other ailments that students can get caught in if they are not careful.
“We do occasionally see injuries associated with move-in,” Dr. Jean Swearingen, the Medical Director at ISU Student Health Services, said.
“Some years, we will see heat-related illnesses, when the temperatures are really high.”
“We’ll also treat a few sprains, bruises, cuts and back pain associated with moving in. Luckily, with the assistance provided by housing, other staff and student helpers, problems are usually minimized,” Swearingen added.
Many students are also able to get help from their families during the move-in period, which takes a lot of pressure off of them to do all the work.
Helping friends move can also be an added stress that students have to deal with, even after moving themselves in.
“It is really annoying during move-in week because the last two years, all of my friends are calling me all day to move couches and futons,” junior Alexei Marvez said.
“All I want to do is sleep after move-in day, and I definitely feel it is some sort of workout because I get really sore.”
BodyMedia provides FIT monitors for your calories and activity throughout the day which are tracked by apps that can be downloaded to your PC or phone.
The company has worked with Jillian Michaels, Jenny Craig and “The Biggest Loser” en route to their goal of fitness for everyone.