Tracking your activity

What does the data from a smartphone’s fitness tracker tell your child about their life?

10 minutes a day for a week


07 March 2021

Things you need

  • Fitness tracker (most phones come with one as an app)
  • Notebook to record the data

The challenge

The Australian Department of Health recommends children and young people do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

Ask your teen to record their physical activity or daily step count over a month and then look at the data together. If they're counting their steps, they'll need a pedometer.

Tip: Why not get your school to participate in the Premier’s Sporting Challenge this year? Track your physical activity for 10 weeks and aim to be more active, more often. (You'll also collect 10 weeks of data to analyse!) 


The conversation

During the month, talk to your teenager about the data they're collecting:

  • "Are there particular days of the week that you are more or less active?”
  • “Have you noticed any trends or patterns in your data over the month?”
  • “Is your activity data different on week days versus weekends? If so, why?”
  • “Were there any days in the month where your activity was unusually high or low? Why?” 

The career

The analysis of health, fitness and performance data is the key role of a personal trainer, coach or exercise physiologist.

Beyond sport, analysing patterns in data is essential across a variety of careers. Economists, investors, forensic scientists, fashion buyers, statisticians and business owners all use data trends to make informed predictions and decisions.