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Buying a Fitness Tracker for Kids: Here’s How to Do It

Your kid's health with a fitness tracker is wealth

LeapFrog LealpBand, an example of a fitness and activity tracker for children. 

Striking the right balance between cost and quality isn’t often as easy as it looks. No one wants to overspend. 

Every person knows that impulse buying is evil. And your budget template cannot actually be over budget.

Take this practical theory, and apply it to buying a good FitBit for Kids, and you realize, more than ever before, that you cannot break the bank for a fitness tracker – even if you think you should.

Look:

This watch is very important. With hundreds, if not thousands, of medics recommending that your child get at least 60 minutes of daily physical exercise, activity trackers for kids are, by all means, necessary.

Unfortunately, they don’t have the same price tag. If you are under budget, you go for a cheaper option. If you have a ‘fat pocket’, you go for the most expensive.

But don’t fall under the assumption that a cheap wearable tracker is better than an expensive one or vice versa. 

What is important is your need, not cost. So, when it comes to buying a fitness tracker for your child, it is important to consider the following things.

Determine the battery life

The first thing I would recommend you look at is the battery life of a fitness watch. It is important to understand that a fitness watch isn’t similar to a typical smart watch.

 While a typical smart watch has a battery life of a month or two, a fitness watch can be less or more.

For example, Garmin Vivofit Junior has a battery life of 365 days, a whooping one-year period that can keep the tracker running without a single charge. 

The likes of FitBit Zip, on the other hand, have a typical battery life of 5 days.

Determine what you want to track

Fitness trackers for kids aren’t designed equal. Some tracker can perform only a single task. Some can track different activities. For example, if your kid loves to swim, go for the best waterproof fitness trackers, and make sure they are recommended for swimming, as not all fitness and activity trackers are pool-friendly.

So, it is important to evaluate the features of
different fitness trackers before you spend money on any tracker.  

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