Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to be more active and healthy? If so, you’re not alone as millions decide to get their health back on track starting this month. And your kids should be on board too. The World Health Organization recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily for children ages 5 – 17. And during cold weather months, this can be a challenge.
Of course, the best kid-friendly trackers are way more fun than their adult counterparts. Here are some of our favorites that make things more fun and some that are even for a great cause.
Garmin knows a thing or two about fitness trackers, and their updated Vivofit Jr. is an excellent example of a kid-friendly device. It looks as fun as it is to use, with a stretchy, colorful band that comes with several Disney themes. It’s easy to track activity through the face of the tracker, and parents can keep tabs on their kid’s numbers easily as well. There’s even a brand new BB-8 Adventure: A Star Wars Story mission your kids will love!
How about a fitness tracker that not only encourages healthy activity but also is for a good cause? That’s precisely the case with this Kid Power Band from Unicef. Every step that kids take wearing the band helps to unlock lifesaving food packets for kids in need around the world. The Power Band is easy to use, comfy and was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions’ of 2016.
This tracker is targeted towards kids 5 – 13 and in addition to tracking steps and activity, it monitors healthy sleep patterns as well. It comes in a fun, slappable, color and is splash proof. A daily activity target is customized for each child and scored out of an easy to understand 100 points. With each sync, the KidFit app motivates and encourages your child to reach their activity and sleep goals.
This wearable was built in partnership with Interactive Health Technologies and is designed as a resource for kids in their school’s Physical Education programs. The Zone features an optical based heart rate monitor and the information from each participant is stored in a cloud-based curriculum and assessment platform where that data can then be shared with teachers.