Fitness trackers are not only for adults looking to get into shape. With more than a third of children overweight or obese, an increasing number of wearables offer creative solutions to get the younger generation moving as well. These devices are designed to help your kids get fier and healthier, while making counting steps feel like a fun game.
1. Vivofit Jr.
The Vivofit band is available in lively colors. The tracker is stylish and swim-friendly. This activity tracker encourages your kids to stay on the move. vívofit jr. features a comfortable, durable 1-piece band that kids can slip on and off. The app can record data of more than one child. Also, find out how many reward coins each child has. You can even invite the whole family to compete in a daily step challenge. All this can be done from your smartphone. There are fun facts and a mobile adventure trail unlocked once the kids reach their 60-minute activity goals. This inspires kids to do their best every day. Kids can earn virtual coins, by finishing their chores. These can be exchanged for rewards you have agreed on. For example, an extra 30 minutes of screen time or having a friend spend the night.
X-Doria has launched a low-cost wireless activity and sleep tracker aimed at 5-13 year old kids. KidFit is designed to help get children moving. The device contains a swappable wristband that is made of silicone and comes in 4 colours – blue, pink, black and yellow. This is a one‐size‐fits‐all affair which is IPX3 (splash proof) rated. The wearable has a battery life of up to 7 days – it can then be recharged via USB. The tracker itself has a LED indicator. When you set it to sleep mode – an orange light will flash. When the child wakes up and the device start monitoring activity – a green light will flash. When you push the button to sync, the lights flash blue. There is a daily activity target customized for each child. It is scored out of an easy to understand 100 points. Parents are encouraged to set goals using the iOS or Android app. The tracker connects to a smartphone or tablet. It uses low‐power Bluetooth and provides feedback on a child’s progress via its vivid “Results Cards.” The results cannot be seen on the device itself – so you will need to view them on a smartphone or an iPad. One app can also track multiple bands.
3. Leapfrog Leapband.
The Leapfrog LeapBand is an activity tracker and watch for kids. It aims to get them fitter and healthier while having a load of fun. It’s like the gym meets the circus. It sets a series of fun physical challenges – walking, running, jumping and dancing. The kid tries to complete to earn points to spend on their virtual pet – feeding, cleaning, grooming and clothing the pet as they earn more points. Players can choose from a number of different pets, including a cat, dog, dragon, monkey, panda, penguin, robot and unicorn. There are 10 pre-loaded games, plus another 40 to be unlocked by going up the levels of gameplay. As they move and earn points, kids unlock each of the additional eight pets and earn virtual toys for each of them as they stay engaged and learning with mini-games.
4. Adidas Zone.
Adidas has a new wearable. This tracker is designed for students as a way to encourage exercise. The wearable is called the Adidas Zone. It keeps track of the user’s heart rate and makes the data available in a cloud-based system. This can be good for PE instructors to access. As such, students are able to see when they raise their heart rate and to what level, while instructors can assess a student’s exertion and better tailor activities to students’ needs. The Adidas Zone is no different. There’s also the promise of all-day performance, with IHT simply citing sufficient power and memory for a full school day.
Fuhu is expanding into the world of wearables with the debut of the nabi Compete. This competitive and collaborative fitness tracker is aimed at making fitness fun and social for children and families, while also helping kids learn the importance of healthy habits, the company says. The nabi Compete package comes with two bands. The bands link to the Compete mobile app. The app works for both iOS or Android. There are a variety of band colors available, and the cap that covers the Bluetooth-connected button and step counter comes in different colors as well, allowing for a variety of personalized combinations. The app works over Bluetooth in a 20 foot range. The challenges are designed to be fun, and include cute animation, sound effects, simple language and a user interface that looks a lot like playing any other kid-focused mobile game.
It can be difficult to motivate your child to move more. Official medical guidelines on the amount of recommended activity suggest 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Fitness trackers for kids have become as important as fitness trackers for adults.