How to Pick The Right Fitness Tracker for Your Kid

How to choose a fitness tracker for kids

When choosing a fitness tracker that would suit the use of a child, you should keep in mind a few things that would facilitate their operation of the device. They would probably enjoy something that is interactive and integrates fun into its work. You’d also need a device that’s easily handled and taken care of, as well as being durable and light.

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How to Pick a Fitness Tracker for Your Kid?

Display

The display is very important for a child to pay attention to their fitness tracker and interact with it. The Apple Watch Series always have amazing displays with high resolutions and rings that indicate the progress of the user when it comes to moving, standing, and exercising.

They’re a great way to motivate your child to integrate all these actions into their day, and also challenge them to complete the ring on a daily basis.

As for Fitbit devices, the Versa would seem to have the most colorful and interactive screen, but its size might be a little too big for a child’s wrist. Your child could also make use of the attractive display on the new Samsung Galaxy Watch with its high resolution and its colorful screen.

Design

A fitness tracker’s design will make a huge difference to your child. A lightweight, compact design is much preferred as it will be more convenient for them to go about their day with.

The Fitbit Ace does a great job when it comes to being a good fit for a child’s wrist, but it lacks the attractiveness of the display.

The new Apple Watch Series 4 also uses the System in Package technology in a very brilliant way to make the size of the watch very compact relative to what it has to offer. Although it could have too many features that a child might not make use of.

Battery life

The longer the battery life of the fitness tracker you get your child, the better it would be. Some fitness trackers boast a battery life that lasts up to 7 days like the Alta HR.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 also lasts around 7 days on smartwatch mode (13 hours on GPS mode). One of the longest lasting batteries would be the Fitbit Zip that could function for up to 4 or 6 months.

Water-resistance

At the sight of a pool or a sea, children might get too excited to remember to take off their fitness trackers, so it’s best if you get your child a fitness tracker with water-resistance.

Some good choices would be the Fitbit Flex 2, the Garmin Vivoactive 3, or the Apple Watch Series 3. The latter 2 also deliver swim-tracking and display swimming-related data such as types of strokes and distance.

Features

Usually, a fitness tracker will promise to deliver you two major kinds of features: Fitness and smart features. A child would probably make more use of fitness features, that’s why it would make more sense to buy them a device that focuses more on those kinds of features like the Garmin Vivoactive 3 or basically any Fitbit device.

The Fitbit Ace has 2 Fitbit app views: one for the parent and one for the kid. This specific reason qualifies it to be the best candidate for a child’s fitness tracker.

Kevin John
 

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