Alifia Ghantiwala — Published On March 29, 2022 and Last Modified On April 6th, 2022
Beginner Data Visualization Excel

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We will be analyzing fitness information in this article completely in Excel. Excel has some inbuilt functions which we could use to make our analysis stand out.

About the Data Analysis

The data is publicly available on Kaggle. It includes fitness information collected by the contributor on Kaggle on their Redmi fit and synthetically generated data. The data columns are the following.

Day, Workout Type, Distance Covered (in km), Duration of the workout (in minutes), Total number of active calories burned (kcal), Steps count per day, Average speed (km/hour), Average Stride Rate, Maximum number of steps taken per minute in the entire workout, Average time is taken to cover a kilometer, Maximum time taken to cover a kilometer, Minimum time taken to cover a kilometer, Maximum BPM during the workout, Minimum BPM during the workout, Maximum volume of oxygen used by the body while exercising, Anaerobic, Aerobic, Intensity, Light.

After downloading the CSV file from Kaggle I opened it in Excel and converted the available sheet into a table; a shortcut to do the same is, pressing Ctrl + t.

Converting it to a table provides ease in calculations and referring to the information in different sheets of the same Excel workbook.

As we do describe() in python to get an overview of the maximum, minimum, different quartile ranges, the same can be done in Excel with the use of some simple formulas.

Data Analysis (Statistical Analysis)

I have used inbuilt excel functions to create the statistical summary, the attached video will provide you with the functions I used to generate the summary.

Data Analysis

Data analysis is asking questions about the data that would help in making better our understanding of it. As part of this article, we would ask questions about the data and visualize its results in Excel.

Which Workout Burns the Most Calories Given the Time Spent and Distance Covered for Each?

We have created a pivot table keeping the workout type as a column and calories, time, and distance as values.

We have kept the workout type to be a column, all the other features in the pivot table would be grouped by it.

Data Analysis Table


Cricket burns the most calories even when the time spent on it is lesser than the time spent on the treadmill or pool swimming.

We can visualize the same using a bar graph.

Go to Insert –> Select a bar graph, 


After selecting the type of bar graph we get the next visualization.

Data Analysis (Bar Graph)

When you have a non-technical audience, this graph could have a better impact than looking at numbers in a pivot table.

Calories burning do not seem to affect by the time and distance spent. We have workouts that like outdoor cycling take almost the same amount of time but the calories spent are lesser.

Let us further ask some other questions.

Month-wise Calories Spent

We have data for all of January and the first 15 days of February. We know that the calories spent in January would be higher, let us see if the reasoning is right?
Sum of Calorie (Pie-Chart)


We see a split of 70-30, 70% of calories spent are in January whereas 30% in February.

Does Heart Rate get Affected by Aerobic or Anaerobic Exercises?

We know that anaerobic exercises are performed best in smaller time bursts and they need your body to use a lot of energy, aerobic exercises, on the other hand, include walking or cycling which can be done over longer periods of time.
We have grouped by the information on workout type column using Excel’s pivot table, post that we draw a 2d line graph.
Aerobic or Anaerobic Exercises heart rate graph

We see a pattern here the heart rate line graph follows a similar trajectory as the anaerobic line graph. The heart rate seems to be affected by how anaerobic the exercise is.

Can the Average Speed at Which the Workout is Performed Determine its Intensity?

 We plot a stacked chart in Excel to understand if the magnitude of a workout can be determined by the speed of the workout.

Average speed (Graph)
The pattern is clearly visible, the speed of the workout does determine its magnitude per our data.
The lower the speed at which the workout is performed, the higher is the lightness feature.
Average Speed (Graph-2)

Count of Workouts Performed Each Day


Count of workout- type

We had already discussed that some of the data is generated artificially, which looks right, it seems to be difficult to complete daily more than 20 workout exercises.

 Is the Amount of Oxygen Related to any Other Features in the Table?

The amount of oxygen used in a workout seems to be reflective of the intensity of the workout, the doughnut chart shows the same visually.

Wheel chart (Data-Analysis)

The speed at which the workout is done is linearly related to the amount of oxygen that is spent during it, a graphical representation is

Average speed (Graph 3)

End Notes

The aim of this article was to provide a data analysis notebook completely performed in Excel, you can do the same with Python or Tableau. Your curiosity to understand the data and find a pattern would be the most helpful, not the tool you use to achieve the same.
The insights we collected in this exercise were:
1) We have workouts in our data that take the same amount of time and distance but some of them burn more calories than others.
2) Calories burnt in January are higher as there is data for 31 days of January but only 15 days of February.
3) Exercises that expend more energy in short times tend to increase your heart’s BPM.
4) Speed at which a workout is performed determines the amount of oxygen that is used.
5) Speed at which a workout is completed affects the magnitude of the workout.
You can refer to my excel I have attached it here. I would encourage you to try a different dataset and perform an analysis in Excel.
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About the Author

My name is Alifia and I am working as an Analyst and like to interrogate data and share my findings through technical articles. You can read other articles published by me on Analytics Vidhya here. You can reach out to me here.

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