Should You Buy Fitness Trackers for Your Kids?

It should not be surprising that fitness trackers seem to be everywhere you look. About 20 to 40 percent of American adults have one and now many are suggesting getting it for their kids. This is because they believe that it can ease their kid’s levels of fitness and even improve on it. Some of the benefits of fitness trackers is that they help us to be active and make incremental improvements in our health. The author believes that many will fail to see how a fitness tracker would be adequate for a child when they are always in play, bounding about in the playground or the backyard. So many wonder whether they should bother them with these tech devices. The author states that fitness trackers can be good for kids but one needs to know that the circumstance has to be right. Some reasons why one can say yes to fitness trackers for his kids include the following: when the parents want them to have fun with it, when for medical reasons the child’s activity level needs to be tracked, and when the child is a teen athlete and has to work towards specific fitness goals. The author then lists when to say no to fitness trackers for children.

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s no surprise that fitness trackers seem to be everywhere because it has been estimated that 20 to 40 percent of American adults use fitness trackers.
  • Fitness trackers are recently been put on kids and the author states that when one sees his kids actively playing in the backyard he wonders why.
  • If one thinks that having fitness trackers for kids is for fun, then the author believes that it might be fitting to get them one.

“They help us make incremental improvements, nudge ourselves to be active, and celebrate personal bests.”

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