Junk food, fizzy drinks and hours of screen time is every child’s weakness but at the same time, the perfect recipe for obesity and a shorter life span. All the unhealthy food consumed not only poses a direct risk to your child’s health but directly takes away a few years from their total life span. As important as it is to watch their diet, it is crucial that steps be taken to turn around their sedentary lifestyle into an active one.
Fitness trackers are one step in the right direction. Here’s how they are of great assistance:
1. Food Logging
Many fitness trackers allow you to keep track of not only the calories you’ve been burning, but also how many of those have you been consuming. By scanning the bar code of the food item you’re consuming, the tracker keeps a food log. This way you know how many calories your kids need to burn and set the goals accordingly. What’s more? These trackers give you a real time comparison of the calories consumed versus the calories burned.
2. Set Goals
By connecting your fitness tracker to your mobile device, you can set daily goals for your kids to achieve and monitor their progress throughout the day. This goal can be set in terms of steps taken, distance covered, active minutes and and calories burned. Keeping in mind how much their body can take and how fast do they need to lose weight, you can change goals accordingly. An average of 10,000 goals per day keeps one fit and is recommended by health instructors.
The time duration for goals can also be changed as per your requirement to hourly, daily and weekly goals. Once these goals are achieved, kids are rewarded by virtual coins or unlocking new levels etc.
Not only do fitness trackers let you keep track of your diet and activity, but also allow you to set reminders for kids. These reminders could be the daily chores you assign to your kids, reminders for homework, or simply alarms for sleeping and waking up. If kids are inactive for a while, fitness trackers like Fitbit send a reminder to take a few steps. In most cases, this motivation is all kids need to get them running.
You can manually set reminders for your kids as you may please as well as change the hours and timings for when your kids receive these reminders. However, the inactivity period doesn’t involve sleep hours. This means your kids won’t get reminders when they’re asleep.
4. Activity Tracking
What differentiates Fitbits from the health apps in smartphones is that, Fitbits are wearable and can be carried everywhere. Whether kids are running on track, swimming, biking, or simply playing around, these wearable trackers will monitor and record everything. If however, your tracker is unable to log an exercise or activity on its own, you always have the option to log the exercise manually.
5. Sleep Monitoring
Your child’s health is determined not only by how well they eat or exercise, but also by their quality of sleep. Fitness trackers allow you to activate and deactivate the sleep mode manually, while in certain advanced versions, sleep mode is detected automatically. The sleep log gives you a clear idea of how much your kid moves throughout their sleep as well as different stages of their sleep cycle.
Moreover, fitness trackers help you maintain a sleep schedule that is consistent. Getting ample sleep is key in achieving long term health and fitness goals.
One thing we should get straight about fitness trackers is that they’re not going to do the cumbersome task of weight loss for you, they can only assist you in doing so. The actual results of fitness trackers can be measured only if used regularly for a longer period of time.