Adding converted activities in MoveSpring

As a challenge admin for your organization, you have the option to allow your participants to add activity entries to supplement their activity totals in MoveSpring by enabling manual activities and/or the activity converter from your App Settings.

The activity converter allows users to convert time spent performing various common activities (cycling, yoga, pilates, etc.) into steps and distance straight from the MoveSpring dashboard. Users can convert activities in addition to syncing data from their connected device - such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.

Users can choose an activity to convert from a pre-populated list of options. The converted activity is added onto a user’s activity data for that day and appears in their list of all logged activities. Users can review and remove logged activities if needed from this list. Converted activities will never overwrite totals synced by a device. These logged activities will be counted in addition to any device data.

The activity converter is available on the mobile app only. Users will not be able to convert activities from the MoveSpring website. Here's where users can access the activity converter:

Note: Users can also add activities using our manual activities feature. Learn more about that feature and what to consider when enabling it for your organization in addition to or instead of converted activities here.

Why enable the activity converter?

You should consider enabling the activity converter for your organization if you'd like to:

  • Allow participants to convert the time they performed various common activities into steps and distance for credit in their MoveSpring challenge. Participants will be able to do so directly on the MoveSpring dashboard, and converted activities will be added to any activity totals synced from their connected device.

  • Ensure that participants who engage in activities like cycling or yoga aren't disadvantaged in a step-based challenge. The activity converter can level the playing field between different types of activities so no matter how participants choose to move, they’ll be able to get credit for their activity in step or distance-based challenges.

  • Allow participants to add activities that weren't tracked by their device or app. This is especially useful if a participant goes on a walk or engages in a workout without their device on them.

  • Be inclusive of participants who do not have a device. Additionally, some participants may not want to use their phone as a fitness tracker. They may find it useful to log their time engaging in activities for credit towards their challenge using the activity converter.

Best practices for enabling the activity converter

When using the activity converter, participants will have the option to add just 1, 2, or all 3 metrics to their daily activity using the checkboxes below:

A participant should avoid logging activities that they’ve already gotten credit for via their device. If a participant needs to add only 1 metric to their activity, they should use the checkboxes to only add their missing data using the converter.

If you would like to allow participants to convert their activities into steps, please be sure to communicate this up front with all of your challenge participants so that they know what is and isn't allowed to be counted towards your challenge scores.

We'd also recommend creating a content post in your challenge that includes guidelines on how to use the activity converter. You can find the below template in the Content Library by filtering for the Challenge Notifications tag, and upload it directly into your challenge.

You can also copy and paste this template and add it to your challenge Content to provide step-by-step instructions on converting activities.



Title: How to Convert your Activity to Steps

Description: Get credit for the ways you like to get active, whether that’s moving through yoga poses on the mat or diving into the pool to knock out some laps.

You'll be able to convert activities like yoga, swimming, cycling and more into steps. Please make sure all totals are honest & accurate. Do not convert activities like running, jogging, or walking if your device has already credited your steps for that activity. Follow the instructions below to convert your activity & make sure it gets credited in the challenge:

  1. Click the floating “+” button from the dashboard to open the Add an activity overlay.

  2. Select the Convert activity button at the bottom of the overlay.

  3. Select the activity you want to convert from the list, enter a duration, and confirm the date for your entry. Tap Calculate.

  4. Review the step & distance conversion in the next overlay, use the checkboxes to only keep the data you're missing, and tap Save activity to add it to your daily totals. Converted activity will not overwrite any data synced by your device.

  5. Repeat as needed throughout the challenge.

If you have any questions or need help in the app, please contact MoveSpring Support. To contact MoveSpring Support in the mobile app, tap the menu bars at the top left corner of the dashboard and then tap the green Message support button at the bottom of the utility panel. On web, click the blue chat icon at the bottom right of the screen. You can also reach the MoveSpring Support team at:

How are activity converter calculations done?

The activity converter calculates totals based on effort exerted and workout intensity to find an approximate step total. Steps are converted into distance at a rate of 2,000 steps to 1 mile. Activity converter calculations have been sourced from a combination of various sources including NASA, PEHP Utah, and Washington University Wellness.

How to enable the activity converter for your organization

To enable the activity converter for your entire organization, please adjust your App Settings from the admin center. This will allow all users in your account to access the activity converter on their MoveSpring dashboard.

You can choose to enable this setting on its own, or in combination with the manual activity entry setting. You will always have the option to turn off both of these settings for your organization if you choose.

Learn about the activity converter from the participant end

If you'd like to learn more about the Activity Converter from a participant's perspective, please see this guide, which includes instructions and best practice tips on converting activities and adding them into MoveSpring.

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