A Fitbit tracker can make fitness fun for your kids, but which one is the best fit for your child?
No matter your age, you should always try and remain fit. At least, that's what my doctor says, but that's easily said when you're on the other side of those scary needles.
Truly, though, fitness is important at every stage of your life and over the last decade, the movement to get kids in shape has grown and become more prominent.
Now that your kids have caught the exercise bug, they've got Fitbit fever and they're pulling at your arm to get them one. There's a full line of Fitbit trackers and there may only be one that's right for your little one or teen, so read on as we recommend the best Fitbit for your kid.
What's a Fitbit and why does my kid need one?
Fitbits are wearable fitness monitors that, depending on the model, can track steps, sleep, and heart rate, and they'll even give you little reminders to move when your activity level is too low.
All Fitbits sync up with the Fitbit app for iPhone or iPad, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile, which gives you a detailed look at your daily step goals, weight goals, calorie consumption, as well as a whole slew of other pertinent fitness information.
Keep in mind that under Fitbit's Terms of Service, users under 13 years of age are not allowed to have personal Fitbit accounts, so if you do want to sync your kid's tracker with the Fitbit app, you'll want to create your own account and let him or her access it that way.
Getting your kid a Fitbit is a great way to help him or her take control of his or her fitness goals and see his or her progress in real time. Many people find that they always workout better when with a buddy and Fitbit can be that fun little buddy that cheers your youth on to his or her daily exercise goals.
There are three major criteria on which you should base your decision as to which Fitbit is right for your child. We're going to look at the cheapest Fitbit, the most resilient Fitbit, and the coolest and flashiest tracker that Fitbit has to offer.
Let's be honest, kids break stuff. Kids lose stuff. Kids break and then lose stuff; it's just the way things go. So, when it comes to electronics, your biggest motivator might be price, and you wouldn't be alone.
Giving your kid your Rolex to wear to work is like having a tea party with rhinos and your finest china. So, buying your kid the Fitbit Surge, which retails at $249.99, may not be the best decision.
Thus, the cheapest Fitbit is the Zip, for $59.95. The best part about the Zip is that your kid can see their progress in real time by tapping the screen without the need for a cell phone in order to view the app. The Zip comes in four different colors and takes a replaceable watch battery, but they do last up to six months without needing a change.
The Fitbit Zip clips easily onto your child's clothing, which makes it incredibly easy to use, but could make for a soggy device if it gets left in pockets or on belt loops.
Once again, kids break stuff. It's not usually on purpose, but smacking something off a metal jungle gym isn't exactly what you'd call "TLC." If you've got a little cash to spare and want to opt for the toughest Fitbit, you should go with the Charge, which goes for $129.99.
With its sturdy and adjustable rubber strap, the Charge is great for everyday wear-and-tear (well, hopefully not tear) and will give your child something neat to wear on their wrist, while acting as a watch, step counter, sleep tracker, and more. One of the best features of the Charge is its rechargeable battery, which has a life of 7-10 days, depending on usage.
Cool Factor 10!
If money is no option and you just want your kid to have the coolest Fitbit on the block, then look no further than the Blaze. Your kid will stylin' up and down the school halls with the newest and hottest Fitbit on the market.
They'll be able to customize the strap with various leather and metal options, and they have that sweet lcd display to control music on their smartphone, view workouts, receive text and call notifications, and more!
The nitty gritty
At the end of the day, buying your kid a Fitbit is a great idea because it helps them take ownership of their exercise goals and overall fitness. Start 'em off young and let Fitbit help keep them on the right track well into adulthood.