Fitness Trackers For Kids: What To Consider
How about fitness trackers for kids? Fitness trackers for adults have been popular for some time. They can be a good way to measure activity, and may inspire some to move more. However, now the fitness tracker market is expanding to kids. While kids may thirst for new technology, be sure to discuss appropriate use and be on the lookout for signs of compulsive exercise. Here is what to consider before investing in fitness trackers for kids.
Fitness Trackers For Kids: 3 Things to Consider
- Motivate Game-Oriented Kids. Kids who love video games and technology may be positively motivated by game like fitness trackers. They can foster a healthy competition with friends and set goals. Older kids tend to do better with fitness trackers.
- Signs of Compulsive Exercise. For the already goal-oriented child or adult, fitness trackers might encourage compulsive exercise. If you do decide to get your child a fitness tracker, be aware for warning signs of compulsive exercise such as constant preoccupation with weight and exercise, skipping out on social activities to exercise, and feeling guilty when not able to exercise,
- Meet in the Middle. If your child is really interested in fitness trackers, consider a simple app on your mobile device that counts steps. Kids do not need complicated apps that track food intake. If you decide to use an app or device that count steps, make it a family activity. This can be a great motivation for that after dinner walk or weekend hike. Monitoring your child’s use will also enable you to make sure they are using the app or device within reason.
Are you interested in moving more as a family but unsure of where to start? At KareBoost Health, our goal is to make a healthy life fit your needs and abilities. Contact us today to find out more.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach