Fitness Trackers for Kids
Fitness trackers for kids? Yes, no or maybe?
When it comes to fitness for children, I’m for anything that gets our kids up and moving and gets video games out of their hands. In a technological society, there are new apps and fitness trackers that are being introduced everyday. But are they right for our kids?
This blog is only my opinion and as always, you need to do what’s best for you and your family. But I have to say ... I love fitness trackers. Like I can’t live without it kind of love!
Each day at H2T, I see more and more kids taking accountability for their fitness and I LOVE IT! Kids are constantly asking me how many steps I am at! And how many stairs I climbed! Kids have taken a genuine interest in bettering their fitness levels, with a little healthy competition.
Now, let’s rewind for second and analyze the average child. Children and adults by nature are competitive. They seek their peers' approval, and they usually strive to be better than their friends. They loved to be timed, measured and tracked on personal growth. So my question to you as a parent is "why don’t you capitalize on this by introducing a fitness tracker?"
Fitness trackers record the amount of steps you take each day; km’s walked; calories burned; number of workouts; (some) heart rate; water and food intake; and sleep just to name a few. That’s pretty awesome. What better way to have your children be a part of their fitness journey then to take accountability for it?
Fitness trackers can be a fun way to help children/families reach their fitness goals. A little healthy competition between family members never hurt anyone.
As a family set up daily, weekly and monthly goals for you and your kids. If they are still young, use a sticker chart. Every time they reach their goal, a sticker is awarded. For teens, let them earn their phone time, or give chore exemptions when they reach or surpass their fitness goals for the day. I know mine would rather do that then empty the dishwasher.
If you work as a family together, a fitness tracker can be a great tool for encouragement, as well as following and meeting your fitness goals.
From all of us at H2T, Stay Fit - Stay Healthy. Until next time…
About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at www.H2Tdryland.com.