When you read that nearly 76% of American children and youth don’t meet the recommended daily physical activity, not worrying can be challenging. However, we adults are not doing so great either. Only 53.3% of adults aged 18 and over meet the guidelines. So, are fitness wearables our response?
The Rise of Fitness Trackers
In a world ruled by technology, it isn’t surprising that adults turn to technology to help them stay healthy. It is estimated that 34% of adults use some mobile health apps, while 27% of them use fitness and wellness wearables.
Why Fitness Wearables Are GR8
When it comes to fitness trackers for adults (or children), we can point out many benefits. The arguments for those who agree children should use fitness trackers are quite convincing. For example:
- It encourages them to be more active
- It helps them develop healthy fitness habits
- It makes exercising fun and exciting
- It gives insight into your child’s activity levels (or lack thereof)
The Dangers of Fitness Trackers for Children
However, not everything is healthy and helpful. Overly controlling parents can turn fitness wearables into a negative thing. Some studies looking at the use of fitness trackers showed those who use them showed higher levels of disordered eating and exercise patterns.
Activity tracking could create a negative association with health and fitness when children don’t have the right guidance. No one wants to take the fun element out of children’s play. If children use fitness trackers or other wellness wearables, they should be designed for and focused on children.
Remember, just as it isn’t healthy for an adult to obsess over calories burned or steps taken any given day, a child shouldn’t feel pressure to hit these fitness goals either. Think of these wearables as an exciting opportunity to make staying active fun and enjoyable.