Best Fitness Band
When I was asked about the best fitness band for kids, I had to stammer and say, uh, let me get back with you. While I had looked at lots and tried several fitness bands for adults, I hadn’t really looked to see what was available for youngsters. There are some cute ones out there.
First there’s the LeapBand made by LeapFrog for kids 4 – 7. This fitness band tracks activities and has 8 pets that a child can customize. The more they move, the more point they earn to get stuff for their pets like pet toys, etc. There are 50 challenges including activities like wiggle like a worm and stomping like an elephant to get kids moving.
Pros- Bright colors on the screen
Great Apps available
Screen is not touch screen
Band is stiff and can be hard for kids to fasten.
Cost – $24.99 Click Here to see the LeapBand on Amazon
Another good band for older kids is the X-Doria KidFit Activity and Sleep Tracker. This tracker is for kids 5 – 13 and has a one size fits all slap band. In addition to activity, this band allows parents to set sleep goals. Kids work to earn 100 points per day. There is not a lot that shows on the band, so kids will need to see the app to see how they are doing.
Pros- Wireless syncing
The slap band makes it easy to put on
Cons- Not much on the screen
Cost – $39.99 Click Here to see KidFit on Amazon
If you don’t want to bother with a band, which can be bulky for small wrists, the iBitz activity tracker might be the way to go. This is for kids over 3 years old. This has an app that allows kids to pick a spaceship and the more active they are the more they can explore the galaxy. Parents can set up (and pay for) rewards on Amazon that kids can earn with activity. They can also earn coins and exclusive content if they have a membership to Disney’s Club Penguin. The iBitz activity tracker comes with a clip that will attach to a shoe or clothes.
Pros- Lots of ways to motivate
Great ways to reward activity
No bulky band
Cons- Only compatible with Apple devices
Cost – $34.99 Click Here to see the iBitz on Amazon
My final thoughts on kids fitness bands is that they are definitely worth looking at if you are trying to get your kids to move more. The best fitness band is always the one that is used. Find one that looks like it would work for your child and let me know how it goes.