Converting activity minutes into miles in a virtual race for employee fitness

Obviously, in all Racery events, you can log (or backdate) the actual number of miles you’ve just walked or run. Whether you deterimine those miles by map or GPS or guestimation is up to you!

Convert activity to virtual race miles
Now you can easily convert activity minutes or hours into virtual race miles
Now race participants can also convert many, many other activities into miles in our virtual race in Rome.
As an alternative to logging actual miles walked or run, you can pick from three other conversion models as you’re logging an activity.
First, and most simply, you can log the time (minutes or hours) that you’ve engaged in activity in the broad categories of moderate (yoga, weights, etc) or vigorous (cardio, HIIT, spinning, etc) exercise.
Second, you can log the number of steps you’ve just walked or run, as determined by a step counter.
Finally, you can opt to log the time spent on a specific fitness activity. See the image at right for an example of how this works. Note that this function is invisible until a race actually starts!
Because we’re trying to create a roughly even playing field, all activity conversions are based on a translation of activity time into steps into miles. Thus, an hour of moderate cycling will register as 4.83 miles on the route, while the same period of breaststroke will register as 5.14 miles. The conversions appear extremely precise but are in fact necessarily fuzzy — there is as yet no way to affordably and scientifically equate all these activities.
Obviously, cyclists likely have physically covered more real ground and swimmers will have covered less water, but this conversion strategy means roughly equal effort translates into roughly equal virtual distances on the route.
If you use a step counter while you are intentionally walking or running, just enter those as steps and we’ll convert them too!
(BTW, lists of activities and minutes-to-miles conversions can be customized to fit the needs of a particular race sponsor… for example in this race, stairs climbed are converted into progress on a 100-mile virtual climb of Mount Everest.)
Here’s the list of the convertible activities selected by ESMMWL for its 2018 virtual challenge:
Aerobic dancing class
Aerobic fitness class
Aerobics, low impact
Aerobics, step
Baseball
Basketball, game
Basketball, recreational
Bicycling, easy pace
Bicycling, moderate pace
Bicycling, vigorous pace
Bowling
Boxing, competitive
Boxing, non-competitive
Children’s playground game
Circuit training
Dancing, class
Dancing, salsa/country/swing
Elliptical trainer
Fishing
Football
Frisbee
Golf, carrying clubs
Golf, powered cart
Hockey, field and ice
Horseback riding
Household work – mopping, painting a room, ect.
Ice skating, general
Ice skating, moderate
Judo & Karate
Jumping rope, fast
Jumping rope, moderate
Kayaking
Kickball
Kickboxing
Lacrosse
Pilates
Racquetball, casual
Racquetball, competitive
Rock climbing
Rollerblading
Rowing
Rowing machine
Rugby
Sailing, boat and board
Scuba Diving
Shopping
Skateboarding
Skiing, cross-country
Skiing, light/moderate
Sledding
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Soccer, competitive
Soccer, recreational
Softball
Spinning
Stair climbing, machine
Stretching
Surfing
Swimming, backstroke
Swimming, butterfly
Swimming, freestyle
Swimming, leisure
Swimming, treading water
Table tennis
Tae Kwon Do
Tai Chi
Tennis
Volleyball
Water aerobics
Water skiing
Weight lifting
Wheelchairing
Wrestling
Yard Work – mowing lawn, raking leaves, ect.
Yoga