MOV Bands Replace Gym Logs

Students taking online gym now wear digital wristbands that track the amount of steps they take daily. Students then plug them into a computer where they can send their steps onto the moodle site.

Maeve Handley

Students taking online gym now wear digital wristbands that track the amount of steps they take daily. Students then plug them into a computer where they can send their steps onto the moodle site.

Maeve Handley, Staff Writer

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“This is is the first quarter that we have had the MOV band’s,” said sophomore Kathleen Kaelin. The MOV bands have recently been added to replace workout logs for the online gym curriculum.

The MOV bands are small bracelets that look like digital watches, but instead of telling the time they track your movement throughout the day, much like a pedometer.

“You plug it into your computer and it pops up on the screen with how many moves you’ve had that day on the little bar graph, and then you screenshot it and upload it to the moodle website,” junior Jacqueline Morel explained on turning in the movements for that day. While people claim that this is much easier than turning in a workout journal everyday, there are still some flaws. “I do swimming and its not waterproof so all my swims [that I go on], I have to manually enter those,” junior Emily Barnhill pointed out.

When asked if it was an effective way to track physical activity Barnhill also added “I get moves for doing stuff that I wouldn’t get to normally get to count as a workout.  If I just get 13,000 steps walking  around town everyday I can still count that whereas, if I were entering that into a journal he would be like ‘No you didn’t do this for a long enough amount of time.” Student are also coming up with ways to go around the system. “I think [with] both the workout journals and the move bands you can find ways to get past them and actually not be working out,” said Kaelin.

“I don’t necessarily think its accurate because everyones been shaking them trying to get their moves up, but I think it’s a lot easier and reasonable to ask this of students then of logging every workout they have,” Morel concluded about the new bands. Throughout the day you can see students sitting in classrooms shaking their MOV Bands.

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