Adult vs Kid - Who will win?

It is known that kids are more active than adults. Are they really more active? Derek tried to find the right answer by monitoring his 6-year-olf nephew.

He used two Garmin Vivofit activity tracking bands, and he chose the ultimate fitness band option in order to see who would move more and burn more calories: a 37-year-old adult or a 6-year-old kid.

Everything was simple. They would go back to their ordinary lives using the tracking bands for 10 days, and at the end, the gadgets they used would tell them everything they need to know.

Adult vs Kid

He’s presenting the subjects because it's important to know them in a scientific experiment.

Derek is a 35-years-old guy who gets up at 6.30am and goes to sleep at 11pm. He works at an office from 9 to 5 , most of the time staying in a chair. Since he wants to participate in the Marathon Des Sables, a tough footrace in Sahara desert, he is working out in the gym or running every day.

Mark, at 6-years-old plays football, goes to school and even when he is playing on the Xbox he seems hyperactive.

Mark gets up at 7am and goes to bed at 7.30 pm. Every day he walks a mile to and from school. He plays football 2 times per week and he trains on Saturday and plays a bit on Sunday. He is spending around 6 hours at school per day including the time spent on lunch and a 15 minute break.


Who wins?

Mark clocked 115,000 steps in 10 days, this means he walked an average of 11,500 steps per day but that's low comparing to his 150,000 steps. He logged more steps than his nephew on five of ten days which gives a point for the oldies.

Even if he is training for the Marathon Des Sables, Derek hadn't thought he’d be near as active as a 6-year-old child.

Do the stats lie?

The fight isn't fair. He is training for the Marathon Des Sables so this puts him in a favorable position, but if you look closer there is more.

First of all, Mark's steps were almost twice the normal adult's. The adult's steps vary between 6,500 and 7,500 per day in most states in the US. This it's a big victory for the kids.

Derek sleeps with three hours less than Mark. This is a huge advantage; 30 hours over the 10 days, or a day and a quarter. And Mark also gets a 30 minutes break and Derek gets an hour.

If you look closely, his stats don't look so good. Every day Derek is training at least an hour and he is walking back home after that. His dynamic time comes in one hour of burst every day, but sometimes, between 10am and 5pm he is not active at all.

Mark it's moving constantly all day long from the time he gets up to the time he goes to sleep.

So there it is. It's not a scientific answer, but it gives you a little bit of hope, and Derek thinks he can learn from his nephew a lot of things like going out instead of sitting there.