Staying healthy and fit is essential especially taking into consideration how stressful and fast-paced life has become.
It is no different for children who are constantly immersed in various physical and non-physical activities.
However, while it is easy for some children to stay active, others need to be motivated. Setting targets and using that as an incentive may be a way to inculcate a fitness-oriented and healthy lifestyle in children. What better way to set such goals than with a kid-friendly fitness tracker!
Here's a look at some of the best fitness trackers that cater especially to children and are available easily in the market.
Garmin Vívofit Jr.
This wearable caters specifically to children and not only looks stylish but is also sturdy. The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is swim-friendly, so children can continue wearing it even when they go for a dip in the pool, without any damage.
"Perfect for pint-sized powerhouses, vívofit jr. features a comfortable, durable 1-piece band that kids can slip on and off. Available in multiple fun, vibrant designs, your child can rock it everywhere from recess to practice to the pool and even to bed," notes the company.
Apart from tracking fitness, the band also comes with a companion app which parents can download onto their mobiles. This means that a parent can track their child's progress through the app.
The Vívofit Jr. also comes with a virtual reward system. Once a child finishes the designated task for the day, they receive virtual currency.
The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is priced at $79.99 and can be purchased from the company's online store. The fitness tracker is suitable for children aged 4 and above.
The Nabi Compete is a competitive fitness band for kids. While it works like the classic fitness tracker, it also packs in plenty of fun to keep children engaged.
"Take on friends and family with fun activity challenges. Select a distance goal and choose from a variety of real life challenges like the length of the Brooklyn Bridge or the National Mall Loop. Or choose a food goal and see who can burn off the calories of junk food," notes the company.
Kids can even undertake a team goal and finish virtual marathons. During the process, kids learn about the calories they are burning each day, as well as the distance they cover. The dashboard can be used to check the progress easily. Kids also earn "Go Points" if they are active.
The Nabi Compete is suitable for children aged 6 years or above and is priced at $39.99. The company also has a Barbie and Hot Wheels edition which are priced at $29.99.
This wearable's approach to tracking is somewhat different than its counterparts. LeapFrog's LeapBand is quite attractive to look at and will instantly find favor with children. With "fit made fun" as its motto, this activity tracker is meant for kids aged between four and seven years and aims to encourage good health habits.
It has a small display and while a tad bulky, the LeapBand packs in plenty of great features. The wearable can track the child's fitness directly and does not require a companion app.
The animal theme enables parents to assign kids activities like taking pets out for a walk or visiting an animal shelter.
The LeapBand is quite affordable and costs $29.99 and can be bought off the company's online store in three color options.